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Tobacco-Free School District Certification

The process to certify districts and county offices of education as meeting California Health and Safety Code requirements as tobacco-free.

This page provides parents, teachers, students, administrators, coaches and community advocates with information about the California Department of Education’s (CDE) tobacco-free school district certification process.

A tobacco-free school prohibits all tobacco use anytime, anywhere by anyone on all school property, and at all school-sponsored events (California Health and Safety Code Section 104420 [n][2]). School property includes buildings, grounds and vehicles owned or leased by the school. School-sponsored events include sporting events, school dances and other events held on and off school property.

The goal of the CDE's tobacco-free school district certification process is to protect our children's health by encouraging all school districts and county offices of education (COEs) in California to adopt a model 100 percent tobacco-free policy. CDE staff works closely with the California Department of Public Health’s California Tobacco Control Program to promote smoke-free environments and tobacco-free lifestyles throughout the state, particularly among California youth.

School districts are certified by the COE in which the district resides as meeting the requirements of California Health and Safety Code. COE's are certified by the CDE’s Coordinated School Health and Safety Office.

Certified Tobacco-Free School Districts and COEs (PDF)
Certified school districts and COEs that meet the California Health and Safety Code Tobacco-Free Schools requirements.

Tobacco-Free Certification Form (DOC)
Form and instructions detailing the documentation school districts must provide to COEs to obtain tobacco-free schools district certification. These same documents apply to COEs seeking certification from the CDE.

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions and answers about Tobacco-Free School District Certification.

Questions: Sarah Planche | | 916-319-0193 
Last Reviewed: Monday, July 9, 2018