No smoke without fire

16th February 2007 at 00:00
Science teachers who use smoke machines to demonstrate the dangers of nicotine have fallen foul of the Scottish Executive's anti-smoking legislation.

But the ban appears to have been an oversight and the executive plans to amend its legislation to create a school exemption when the law is next reviewed.

Around three-quarters of Scotland's secondaries are thought to have carried out the experiment, using a simple device made from a fitted pipe and a lit cigarette, to demonstrate the effects of smoking on the lungs. Under the new laws, teachers face prosecution if they carry out the demonstration under normal classroom conditions. The legislation allows them to do the experiment in a specially designated "smoking" laboratory or outdoors.

The Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre argues that conducting the smoking machine test could actually be more dangerous to pupils' health if smoke was blown their way on a windy day.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now