Health Enhancement and Safety


Montana Tobacco Free School Excellence Initiative (MTFSEI)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 4:29 pm

The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Tobacco Use Prevention and Education Program in collaboration with key stakeholders and the Montana School Boards Association began working together in 2009 to update various school policies regarding tobacco and nicotine use.  This partnership led to the creation of the Montana Tobacco Free School Excellence Initiative (MTFSEI). The MTFSEI exists to assist school districts and communities in reducing and preventing tobacco use among youth.  The mission is to create and sustain the tools, assistance and strategies necessary to ensure comprehensive tobacco free policies are adopted and are a durable component of all Montana school environments.  Following the passage of the Montana Clean Indoor Act (CIAA), the Montana Board of Public Education encouraged all Montana school districts to adopt Comprehensive Tobacco Free School Policy (CTFSP) which is evidence-based, community-wide, and consistent with the national trend.  As of July 2011, 88 Montana school districts have adopted CTFSP becoming a growing number of school districts leading the state in comprehensive tobacco-free policies and therefore becoming one of "Montana Tobacco Free School Districts of Excellence" (visit OPI's Tobacco Use Prevention and Education Program at http://www.opi.mt.gov/tobaccoed/ and view the map and list of school districts that have achieved excellence).

If your school district would like technical assistance and your school district's policies assessed to become the next Montana Tobacco Free School District of Excellence, please contact Dana Geary, Tobacco Prevention Education Specialist/Program Manager.

"Get involved by helping Montana's youth 'kick' tobacco -- in school and beyond!"

For more information, contact Dana Geary, 406-444-0785