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No SmokingSpringburn Academy has 3 percent more of its pupils smoking than any other school in the city. This fact, highlighted in a recent Evening Times report, comes from a 2010 survey by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

Now a group of S4 pupils has started a campaign to create a No Smoking policy in and around the school. The teenagers are also hoping to set up a Stop Smoking service for pupils, to help them kick the habit. They have worked with teachers, the NHS North-east Health Improvement Team, young persons' group Urban Fox, the council's Technician Support Service, and Glasgow Life to get the message across.

The pupils have decided to launch a Zero Tolerance campaign, and have drafted a school policy that they will present to the Academy's senior management. It includes a No Smoking area extending 200m around the school grounds, for staff and pupils.

They are also working their way through a Silver Youth Achievement Award, which recognises ways pupils develop and contribute to sections of the Curriculum For Excellence.

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