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.
Is your school taking part in this year's New Zealand Youth Tobacco Monitor? The NZYTM is a national school-based monitor used to gain smoking prevalence data for Year 10 students, and in-depth information on smoking behaviours, attitudes and associated risk factors, as well as youth culture and lifestyles. Field work will be undertaken in Term 2. It's not too late to sign up. Find out more.
Create your own smokefree schools visitors log book - Download the new English, Maori or bilingual designs.