All NC public schools to be smoke-free by Friday
CHARLOTTE (AP) ó No more lighting up at public schools in North Carolina.
The Charlotte Observer reported Monday all public schools will be tobacco-free by Friday. Each of the stateís 115 school systems will have a policy banning smoking and other tobacco use by anyone on campus or at off-campus school events.
State law requires that all school districts have a no-tobacco policy by Aug. 1.
Supporters hope the policy will cut down on student smoking, as well as providing a healthier work place for school employees.
Vandana Shah with the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund says there was some resistance based on the stateís historic and economic connections to tobacco.
Larry Wilson with the Mooresville school board says heís not sure how the ban will be enforced at off-campus events.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotte.com