No smoking/vaping policy: examples

Find examples of no smoking policies (including vaping) from primary, secondary and special schools. Develop and review your whole-school policy, to set out your approach to smoking and vaping.

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  1. Policy examples
  2. Take a whole-school approach by linking your policy and curriculum

You can decide whether or not you need a stand-alone smoking or vaping policy. It's not statutory, but many schools choose to have one. 

Read our other article if you want to know more about vaping, and use the downloadable factsheet to help inform staff or parents.

Policy examples

Take a look at these examples from other schools. If you're developing a policy from scratch, use our guidance on how to do that, 

Primary examples

Marlow Church of England (CofE) Infant School in Buckinghamshire's policy states that:

  • Smoking and vaping are not permitted on site
  • Visitors to the school will be informed about the policy
  • The school will provide support for any staff who want to give up smoking

Hill Top Academy in Doncaster aims to:

  • Provide a 'no smoking or vaping' environment
  • Equip pupils with the social skills to resist peer pressure to smoke
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle

Kirk Smeaton CE Primary in North Yorkshire uses its policy to set out the rationale behind its no-smoking approach, including that:

  • Passive smoking can make children more prone to chest illnesses
  • Non-smokers are in the majority
  • Schools have a big role to play in helping non-smoking be seen as the norm in society

Secondary example

Southmoor Academy in Sunderland has a policy that states that the academy will:

  • Encourage pupils found smoking or vaping to seek health advice. This may include a referral to the school nurse
  • Dispose of smoking or vaping-related items in accordance with the trust's behaviour policy
  • Ask pupils where they got their cigarette or vape, and may make a complaint to trading standards, if appropriate

Special school example

Rowan Gate Primary School in Northamptonshire sets out objectives, including to:

  • Help children know and understand the harmful effects of smoking and vaping, through its science and PSHE curriculum
  • Provide knowledge and information to help pupils make responsible choices
  • Protect pupils from inappropriate role models

Take a whole-school approach by linking your policy and curriculum

You should have a co-ordinated whole-school approach to smoking and vaping, including in your PHSE curriculum.

Appoint 1 staff member, such as your PHSE co-ordinator, to lead on this whole-school approach. You could point them to the following information sources to use in their planning:


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