Health organizations help schools implement new tobacco-free law

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(WYMT/WKYT) - Several state health organizations promised Thursday to help schools implement a new tobacco-free law.

Several state health organizations promised to help schools implement a new tobacco-free law. // WKYT

About 129 school districts in Kentucky are currently tobacco-free, sister station WKYT reports.

"It is something that we believe in very vigorously," said Franklin County Superintendent Mark Kopp. "It is not some harmless device and we have to educate our kids effectively about that."

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is providing signs and other tools at no cost to the school districts. The new policies are in effect at all times on school grounds, including under Friday night lights.

"It is a challenge. There is no question it is a challenge. You go to a football game and there are several thousand people there and you have some law enforcement there, you have some school administrators there," said Kopp. "You can't see every person every second that they are on property but if you do see something you just have to go respectfully and let them know about our policy and that we are trying to set a good example for children."

The law calls for all schools to follow the new policy by the 2020-2021 school year. It also prohibits tobacco use by school officials on field trips when students are present.

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