Say No To Smoking


Our elementary school district spends huge amounts of money on programs like dare that teach us at a young age the negative effects of tobacco and other drugs, just so our high school district can turn around and say ah go ahead and smoke if your of age and to sweeten the pot we'll build a special smoking section for you.


Good morning school board members, what I said previously was not to anger you but to wake you up to the dangerous decision you have thought about making.


Should There Be A Smoking Section At West Leyden High School?


A clear and definite no is seen along with the reasons that it is bad for your health, and even if the section was placed we would be breaking the law.


As I walk around West Leyden I notice a lot of our teachers are pregnant.


Did you know that an estimated 6.4 million children will die prematurely from a smoking related disease? And that’s just a statistic about the babies who die from being around smokers, the statistic for premature children who die from actually having mothers that smoke is much higher! Smoking is bad for your health.


The American lung association reports that approximately 38% of high school teens smoke even though school regulations prohibit them from smoking. And they also says that over 75% of these smokers will develop some type of condition that wouldn’t have been developed it that person weren't a smoker.


In august 1996 the food and drug administration made regulations that prohibited tobacco companies from targeting teens because "it causes massive deterioration due to the fact that the average high school student is still developing and may have problems occur because of nicotine and tar poisoning"


What it means is that we are at an age where we are still growing and something like tobacco causes health problems faster for our age group then a full grown adult


While on the topic of problems, what's up with Nelly? does he cut himself shaving every single day? His band-aid seems to be in a different place every single time we see him, but it's ok because Nelly has millions of dollars to buy as many band-aids as he pleases.


We unlike Nelly don't have millions of dollars, in fact our referendum just passed which allows us to keep everything we have not add on costs


If the school smoking section was passed and a section was placed you would risk lawsuit by the Illinois state


According to a law by the Illinois congress, school boards shall expel or suspend any student who is trafficking, furnishing, or posseing any type of drug or chemical even if the drug or chemical is legal to an adult age. In 1999 they amended the law by including the AB-99 school policy which states no school shall allow the abuse of any drug including tobacco and alcohol on or near school grounds. What kind of message will be sent to the parents of your students if you decide to go against a state law that was implemented to protect students from peer pressure towards the illegal use of tobacco at school?


Addicts in short pants is an article which also goes to show the positive aspects of prohibiting smoking on school grounds, in it Newsweek states that students use tobacco as a gateway drug to experiment with other drugs.


Should There Be A Smoking Section At West Leyden High School?


It hurts us physically, and makes West Leyden look like the school that goes against the law, smoking has a bad rap, because it is bad.


I have presented to you information, statistics, and state laws.


I can only hope my teachers will have nice healthy babies and Herc's dream will come true,


That he works in a school where there is as he says


"No Moking."