Welcome to smokefree schools

Nga Kura Auahi Kore

This website offers information, ideas and resources to help schools/kura develop and promote a smokefree school community.

A school community has a commitment to supporting the health and       well-being of all its members.

By working together as staff, boards of trustees, students, parents, families, whānau, and other community members, you can support the people in your community to develop a smokefree lifestyle.


A smokefree school is more than a sign on the gate. Here are some tips to help you get started

  • It's about a smokefree lifestyle for the whole school community. How smokefree is your school? Take the questionnaire.
  • Get inspiration from other schools experience.  Watch a video and read the stories.
  • Smokefree policies and procedures have been proven to reduce student smoking but they are just one part of a whole-of-school approach. Read the Guide to a Smokefree School for the practical steps your school can take.
  • Are your staff and students struggling to quit smoking?  Schools can help students by treating smoking as a health issue rather than a disciplinary issue. Find out about how to support your students and staff to quit.
  • Use the resources on this site - curriculum, research, posters and fact sheets. Our favourite is the Protective Factors poster.


The Health Promotion Agency's smokefree schools project provides strategic leadership advice and support to:

  • increase awareness and understanding within schools that smoking is a significant public health issue
  • support schools to effectively address the issues of taking up smoking and quitting
  • increase the range of best practice Smokefree/Auahi Kore resources that are available to meet the needs of schools.

If you have any feedback on this website or issues you wish to raise contact us.



Latest updates

Order a visitor book in te re Maori for your kura

We have a number of hard cover, spiral-bound visitor books for schools and kura in te reo Maori on stock.  Email us at info@smokefreeschool.org.nz


Staying Smokefree Teachers' Guide - back in stock!

We have a very limited supply of the Staying Smokefree Teachers' Guide Packs  (Staying Smokefree Teachers' Guide with audio CD, set of 8 laminated story cards, and reference copy of the Student Journal) and sets of the laminated story cards. The Teachers' Guide has been out of stock for over two years - there will be no reprint!  If you are a Year 7/8 teacher and don't have a copy of this resourceorder yours today.


Bulk order Smokefree Schools Student Journals now, for use in 2016

We are offering teachers the opportunity to place a bulk order of Smokefree Schools Student Journalfor your students in years 7-10 to record their ideas and responses to the learning activities from the Staying Smokefree – Teachers’ Guide resource.    Please place your bulk orders here letting us know how many copies you would like.