To nurture the skills of resilience is key to providing young people with the ability to cope with stress, adversity, failure and challenges. Resilience is evident when young people have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.
Resilience is required to say “NO” to the offer of a cigarette or to smoke and vape and to withstand the pressure to conform to a group image.
Most smokers start in adolescence during their school years. Smoking remains the single most preventable cause of premature death and ill health in society. Schools have an important role to play in the prevention of smoking amongst pupils and providing a safe environment, free from second hand smoke. In addition, smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes represent a health and safety issue for schools.
By the end of primary school pupils should know:
- The facts about legal and illegal harmful substances and associated risks, including smoking, alcohol use, and drug taking.
By the end of secondary school pupils should know:
- The facts about legal substances and illegal substances, including drug-taking, and the associated risks, including the link to serious mental health conditions.
- The facts about the harms from smoking tobacco (particularly the link to lung cancer), the benefits of stopping smoking and how to access support to do so.