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  School allows smoking: if you quit
Updated 19 January 2002, 12.26
Teenagers smoking
No more getting caught sneaking a cigarette in the toilets - a school in Chester's given the green light for pupils to smoke.

But it's on the condition they try to quit.

The headmaster at Christleton High said there was a need for drastic action after all the usual ways to get pupils to stop smoking failed.

So he came up with the idea that if a special smoking room was set up he could offer help to those who smoked during school time.

11 have already quit


The 36 pupils who signed up get lunchtime counselling and 11 have already quit the evil weed.

But after half-term a total ban on smoking will be back and parents will be asked to take over, including getting nicotine patches.

Headmaster Geoff Lawson said: "By getting the pupils to admit that they are smoking we are helping them. Most have said they wish they could stop.

"I want the 90% of pupils who do not smoke to be able to go into the toilets and elsewhere without having to inhale tobacco smoke."

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