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Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in schools

Parents, carers and schools should have consistent messaging about drugs and alcohol, and should work together if an issue arises.

Alcohol, tobacco (including e-cigarettes) and other drugs present a risk to the health and safety of children and young people. They are incompatible with a learning environment and inappropriate in a school setting.

E-cigarettes and vaping

E-cigarettes are devices that deliver an aerosol by heating a solution that users breathe in. The aerosol is commonly referred to as ‘vapour’. Using an e-cigarette is commonly known as ‘vaping’.

E-cigarettes are battery operated and may look like:

  • cigarettes
  • cigars
  • pipes
  • pens
  • highlighters
  • USB memory sticks.

How drugs, tobacco and alcohol are managed

The department applies a harm minimisation approach when managing suspected drug-related incidents. 

Our schools have access to numerous resources to help them address concerns, including:

  • our smoke-free policy
  • our alcohol, tobacco and other drugs incident management procedure
  • preventative alcohol and other drug education by private (or external) providers
  • Positive Choices website funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Alcohol and drug education in the curriculum

Alcohol and other drugs education, including tobacco products and e-cigarettes, is included in the Australian Curriculum on Health and Physical Education from Foundation to Year 10.

It helps students explore the impact that drugs can have on individuals, families and communities.

Help for families, children and young people

Visit sa.gov.au for more details about:

Contact your school direct for information about drug education programs or counselling.

Engagement and Wellbeing

Email: education.engagementandwellbeing [at] sa.gov.au