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College begins smoking crackdown

A Leicestershire college has begun a crackdown on pupils smoking outside of school premises.

Smoking is banned in the grounds of the Rawlins Community College in Quorn but officials now want students to refrain from smoking on their way to school.

Principal Callum Orr said the new drive was mainly aimed at protecting the health of his students.

Some pupils have said they should be allowed to smoke on the way to school as it is in their own time.

Mr Orr said: "I don't think it's a good image to portray of the college.

"The vast majority of our young people don't smoke and it's a fairly small minority who choose to light up outside the gates.

"I don't think we're being draconian in this, we are just encouraging young people to make good positive choices."

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