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Students in the Alpine School District will be encouraged to march into the 21st century smoke-free.

The Alpine School Board adopted a resolution Tuesday declaring all district schools smoke-free, and devoting district resources and educational programs to that effort. The resolution will be the springboard for launching several smoke awareness programs in the district, said Superintendent Stephen C. Baugh."Research seems to indicate that the drug of choice for children as they begin to experiment is smoking tobacco, and we think it makes really good sense to piggyback on the surgeon general's call for smoke-free schools," Baugh said.

Elementary schools in the district will begin a "Class of 2000 - Smoke-free" program for all second-grade students this year, Baugh said.