ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — Data from the Arkansas Department of Education shows a 63% increase in tobacco disciplinary infractions in the past five years.
In 2018-2019 teachers reported 6,736 tobacco disciplinary infractions, by the end of the 2022-2023 school year that number rose to 10,961.
A 2022 report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration showed more than 3 million middle and high school students use a tobacco product. The report states that more than 1 in 10 middle and high school students had used a tobacco product during the past 30 days.
Arkansas has 476,579 students across 1,056 schools.