Archive for Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Eudora students pushing school board to take district smoke free

September 2, 2009


Eudora High School sophomore Madeline Dickerson remembers leaving the soccer field gasping for air, only to get an unpleasant surprise.

“We’ve had games we’ve gone to, and as you’re coming off the sideline, you walk into a cloud of smoke,” she said.

Dickerson said that was one reason she and three other EHS students are launching an anti-smoking campaign that will include asking the school board to ban smoking on all district property. At Friday’s football game, students will distribute fake tattoos and miniature footballs with anti-smoking messages.

“I think it makes Eudora, as a school district, look better because we’re able to go out and tell people not to smoke,” junior Cecilia Lehmann said.

The students call themselves Teen Teams Talking Tobacco — T4 — and recently secured a $1,250 grant from the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition. Chrissy Mayer, the district’s prevention specialist, is helping Dickerson, Lehmann, sophomore Bria Carder and senior Dalton Hladky with their mission.

On Sept. 10, T4 takes its cause to the school board. Smoking already is prohibited in district buildings but is allowed outside the buildings and at athletic fields after school hours.

“We’re not trying to make people quit. We just want smoke-free areas for the students,” Dickerson said.

In the area, Lawrence and De Soto school districts already have policies similar to the one the students will ask the board to approve. Baldwin City and Tonganoxie do not.


kansasmutt 7 years, 11 months ago

Nothing wrong with the schools being smoke free and letting the kids make a choice. DO NOT try to take it further than that , like businesses or youl have a lawsuit larger than you have ever seen.At this time there is $1.4 billion in an account to fight the anti smoking in businesses. Business owners have the right to choose and you best not f00k with them.

deskboy04 7 years, 11 months ago

I thought that State law made it illegal to smoke on school property. Maybe I misunderstood.

Lori Nation 7 years, 11 months ago

Good for you guys, that stuff is gross!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 11 months ago

"Nothing wrong with the schools being smoke free and letting the kids make a choice."

CHOICE?! It's illegal for them to do it anyway. What if they choose to have beer while they're at it?

You think the tobacco lobby is going to SUE the Eudora School district?

Joel Hood 7 years, 11 months ago

Guess I'm getting old. I actually miss the faint smell of cigarette smoke at football games. For me, there is something nostalgic about the combination of cool fall air, the smell of popcorn, and tobacco smoke. I don't smoke and I'm making no political statement here, just pining away.

crazyredneckmomma4 7 years, 10 months ago

I want to say that until this is official please leave us smokers alone. My children play soccer and other sports and I am aware that some people are against smoking. Therefore, I sit away from everyone to watch my children play. And I make sure no one is down wind from me. And for gods sake we are outside. We are not bothering anyone,.

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