The Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition (HC-HK) has partnered with Regional School District 17 to create signs to remind adults, staff, parents, and youth that smoking on school property is against the law. HC-HK has provided signage for the school district to help reduce tobacco use in the community and to reinforce the law. This is one of many strategies the coalition has to help establish the community norm that tobacco use is not an acceptable behavior for young people or adults.
Superintendent Howard Thiery states that, “Tobacco signage is a great way to partner with the Coalition and to remind the community that smoking on school grounds is not permitted.”
The Coalition is working to provide a tobacco-free environment to promote positive community role modeling and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of community members. In addition, tobacco-free parks will complement the school district’s policy prohibiting smoking on school property.
Comprised of dedicated volunteers representing all sectors of the Haddam and Killingworth community, the Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition engages youth and adults in advancing wellness. Funding is provided by the Drug Free Communities Support Program of the U.S. Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To learn more and get involved visit www.hc-hk.org.