Contributed by: 'Keeping Them Safe', Diocese of Christchurch

As a leadership team, you need to have a clear policy about smoking at youth events as there are issues of role modelling, self-control, health and anti-social behaviour to consider. It is generally advisable to ban smoking during youth group. At the same time, you need to be careful not to make people feel rejected simply because they smoke.  If you have addicted smokers at a camp or overnight event, you may wish to have a designated outdoor smoking area away from the view of other young people.  Consider whether you should have a signed statement from parents that they know about/permit such smoking.

Adapted from ‘Keeping them Safe’