Posted by: kearabiloe ledwaba | 2009-08-08

third hand smoking


im 17 years old doing grade 12.
my business studies teacher is a heavy smoker and he always smells of cigarettes and you find that we sleep during his lessons and he hits us with a chalkboard duster on our heads hard.

now, what impact is his smoking and beating having on our health and what special rights do i have concerning this?

Not what you were looking for? Try searching again, or ask your own question
Our expert says:
Expert ImageEnviroHealth expert

If I understand you correctly, you mean that he smokes outside the classroom (inside the classroom is of course illegal). Toxins from cigarette smoke do cling to a smoker's hair and clothes ("3rd-hand smoke", as you've correctly called it). We don't know how much of a health risk they are yet, but there is no safe level of these toxins: it's better not to be around them, but it's likely the risk is low. In any case, it is perfectly legal for your teacher to be a smoker, as long as he doesn't smoke in the classroom.

As for hitting you with the duster (!): No, he is definitely not allowed to do that. Corporal punishment (i.e. physical punishment) is illegal in our schools. You and your parents/guardians have the right to complain about this to your teacher's employer.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

Our users say:
Posted by: Kay | 2009-08-31

But you should also not be sleeping in the class room no wonder he hits you. Try and stay awake and see what happens. I am sure he will not hit you again.

Reply to Kay

Have your say

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.