Australia: Stromlo High School in the Australian Capital Territory has given permission for 16-year-old student Tara Lewis to take a cigarette break in the staff car park during school hours.
According to her doctor the girl is clinically addicted to nicotine. There were fears that problems caused by her smoking could prevent her from finishing school. In Australia it is illegal to supply cigarettes to a minor or for a minor to smoke.
Anne Jones, from Action on Smoking and Health, said that the school should instead be supplying nicotine patches or gum. "It's unconscionable for a school to be setting up a convenient place for students to smoke," she said.