Education: Board Decisions

The National School Boards Association, which represents over 90,000 school board members, has decided to sever its ties with big tobacco company, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, which makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes. The reason the association had created the partnership in the first place was because the tobacco company fosters a program called Right Decisions, Right Now which they describe as “a successful, evidence-based curriculum designed to educate middle-school students about the dangers of tobacco use” and offers “ways for them to lead a healthy lifestyle.” Criticism for this program centers around the fact that that it encourages students to wait until they are 18 to use tobacco, “Using the message that kids need to wait until they are adults to use tobacco products in effect dares or invites them to begin smoking now,” said Senator  Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who called on the group to end the partnership earlier this week, according to The Hill. “Big tobacco’s goal in this deal is to promote smoking, not prevent it.”

 Contributor: Phoebe Roe

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