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11/04/2007 05:51 AM ID: 66184 Permalink   

School Allows Clinically Addicted Student to Have Cigarette Breaks


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.

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And when she gets cancer they'll be hearing from her lawyers no doubt.
  by: koenig32   11/04/2007 06:40 AM     
  I don't see  
what's so special about this? We have this in almost all schools in Denmark, a 5 minute break every 50 minutes for smoking.
  by: cavedude   11/04/2007 12:26 PM     
Nicotine is easy to beat. Just stop smoking and don't start again. That child and her parents need to deal with the consequences of her choice to start smoking. So, if she fails school because of nicotine-withdrawal--- it was not the school's fault. Come on.... what are they teaching there?
  by: theironboard     11/04/2007 12:49 PM     
I guess they're teaching that if you want to get out of class, start smoking. :D
  by: QuestioningAnswers   11/04/2007 01:11 PM     
i suppose you think heroin is easy to beat too :p
  by: hamstertube   11/04/2007 05:05 PM     
I don't know, is it? I can speak only for quitting cigarettes, which I did.
  by: theironboard     11/04/2007 06:29 PM     
  why is it  
unconscionable for a school to be setting up a place to smoke? ... the h/s i went to had a students area for smoking. .. if the kids are going to do it, they're going to do it.
  by: elijah4twenty     11/04/2007 06:35 PM     
  Fire the headmaster!  
He should have said she can only come to the school if she wears nicotine patches.
I used to be a 30 **** a day for 30 years smoker and I managed to give it away in 4 weeks (with the patches) with very little side affects!
As she gets older and still smokes I am damn shure she will have massive health problems(annerisms/heart desease/lung cancer etc.etc. etc.)
Yep once she turns 40 or 50 she will become another burden for Australia's already overwhelmed health system thanks to that bloody idiot Reba "the robot" Meagher.
I whish someone could fined the girls idiot mother for supplying the cigs to someone under 18-because it is a law here in Oz. that it is forbidden.
  by: cavador   11/05/2007 01:02 PM     
  The bane of the publican  
"a 5 minute break every 50 minutes for smoking."

Why arent you working?
I'm on a *** break
Are you on a pay break?
Get your arse back to work then.
  by: AnsweringQuestions     11/05/2007 01:09 PM     
  TIB's is right  
Even if he hadn't quit smoking himself he would still be right. She started herself and now as she grows up she gets to face the choices she makes. To many times do kids get away with crap any more.

It goes for any one getting off an addicting item that they knowingly made the choice to do. Hey I know your in pain but remember that first step was your choice and you don't have a right to complain about why no one will be nice to you and give you free breaks.
  by: xloner12     11/05/2007 08:30 PM     
  i wish  
i could do that
  by: m.i.a.elite     11/06/2007 05:14 PM     
  I know this Girl  
I goto her High School and also went to her Primary school and let me tell you, the smoking helps! I mean, if it isn't hurting anyone I don't see why she can't!
  by: MidwayWolf   11/20/2007 08:18 AM     
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