The National School Boards Association will immediately stop its work with the R.J. Reynolds’ Right Decisions, Right Now youth anti-smoking program, the organization said last week, just days after it first announced the partnership with the tobacco company.
The association’s decision came the same day that U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., urged its members “to see through this sham and reject the deal.”
A press release from R.J. Reynolds described Right Decisions, Right Now as a free, common-core-aligned online program and “a successful, evidence-based curriculum designed to educate middle school students about the dangers of tobacco use and offer ways for them to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
The NSBA did not cite a reason for ending the partnership.
A version of this article appeared in the October 22, 2014 edition of Education Week as NSBA Ends Partnership With Tobacco Company