§ Mr. Atkins
The statutory order for national curriculum science requires that pupils should know that tobacco is a harmful substance, and that its avoidance contributes to good health. The order also requires that pupils should have opportunities to consider the effects of tobacco on the human body. The National Curriculum Council has issued guidance to all maintained schools in England, offering advice on how schools might incorporate topics about the dangers of smoking into their wider programmes of health education. In addition, my Department provides support, under the grants for education support and training programme, for local initiatives in preventive health education.