Kids get smoke breaks at school!
Children as young as 11 allowed cigarettes at allocated times at UK school.
A school which caters for some of Leeds, UK’s most challenging children has come under fire for allowing children between the ages of 11 and 16 to smoke cigarettes at certain allocated times of the school day on school property, according to the Mail Online.

Health and local government officials are outraged that the school has an unofficial policy of allowing kids access to cigarettes.

Here're your smokes, kids

Upon arrival at school in the morning, the children who smoke cigarettes have to hand their packs to teachers. Later on in the day, while their classmates are guzzling down sandwiches and juice, they are given back their contraband. Specifically, they are allowed to smoke on school property between  11.10 and 11.20am and then again between 12.20 to 1.10pm.

Teachers who wish to smoke cigarettes during breaks must leave the school property on order to do so.

The school which caters for mostly emotionally and behaviourally-challenged kids has allegedly ceased the smoke breaks and is seeking to review the practice.

Cigarettes are illegal for sale to anyone under the age of 18 in the UK.

Cigarettes and kids in SA

Many children start experimenting with cigarettes between the ages of 11 and 18, leading to many of them developing lifelong addictions to nicotine.

That schoolchildren have been actively allowed to smoke instead of hiding behind the bicycle sheds presents some nagging questions:
  • Were the parents of these children aware/condoning their own kids smoking cigarettes?
  • Who was funding the addiction?
  • Will kids just smoke whether they’re allowed to or not?
Advertising cigarettes has been reduced globally in an effort to curtail the temptation to young people to start smoking. In SA it is still common to see children in school uniform smoking, although publicly schools view this as an offence which could see the child being disciplined if caught. In addition, retailers are not allowed to sell cigarettes to minors.
The social climate for cigarette smokers has become quite hostile, as many restaurants and other venues which previously allowed smoking have now banned it. Local government is currently looking for ways to make it much harder for smokers to pursue their habit in public.

How would you react if you caught your kid smoking?

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