★★★★★ Many teens have had tobacco education for years so this is a fresh, impacting approach to reiterate the negative effects of the of adults in the United States!
Smoking is a habit most people soon regret. “Cigarette smoking during childhood and adolescence causes significant health problems among young people, including an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, decreased physical fitness and potential effects on lung growth and function.” 1
The teen years is when this addiction usually starts, often lasting into and throughout adulthood. “Among adults who have ever smoked daily, 87% had tried their first cigarette by the time they were 18 years of age, and 95% had by age 21.” 1
-There is nothing canned about these lessons. This unit has been “kid tested” (just last week actually!) and it is aligned with Common Core Standards.
–NEWLY UPDATED VAPING INFORMATION!: Now in 2020, there is n to the dangers of vaping! (57 deaths have been confirmed in 27 states and the District of Columbia as of January 7, 2020*)
slides from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and NIH (National Institute on Drug Abuse) will help you discuss dangers with your students, and also give you many weblinks to do further research yourself as well!
-A “” project is also included.
-“Students loved this unit.”
-“Very easy to follow and students loved the activities and walked away with a much larger understanding of the topic!”
-“Students enjoyed it and found it informative.”
-“Relevant” – “Interactive” – “Comprehensive”
!! All new lessons, activities, and any changes that I create for this unit are FREE!! Simply go to your “My Purchases” folder and download anytime!
-3 Weeks of lessons!
-96 pages of Teacher Directions that tell you what to say!
-173 slides in two PowerPoint presentations that walk you through
-An anonymous teen survey to collect statistics from your students on how many of them have already tried alcohol, tobacco, and other risky behaviors.
-State, National, and Common Core Standards met in each lesson now part of “Table of Contents” for easy reference!
-Newly updated. 32 video links!
Day 1 and 2
-Anonymous Student Survey
-The Dangers of Tobacco
-How Smoking Affects Your Body: Discuss Chronic Bronchitis, and Emphysema
-“Inhaling From Just One Cigarette Can Lead to Nicotine Addiction”
–NEW!! Creating Dangers of Tobacco Puzzles
Day 3 and 4
-Cigar and Pipe Dangers
-e-cigarettes and the dangers of vaping PowerPoint
-“Texas 15-year old’s death is youngest vaping lung injury fatality in the U.S.”
-Centers for Disease Control Vaping Information
-“Why is Vaping Bad for You” video.
-“Quit Brochures”: You can do this project in class, a computer lab, or as homework.
-Brochure Directions and 8-pages of Resource Information for Students to Use
-“C-A-N-C-E-R” Warning Signs
-NEW!! Students create group “Anti-Tobacco Poems or Songs”
-Affects on Pregnant Smokers
-$ Spent on Cigarettes
-Work on “Quit Brochures”
-“Tips to Quit Smoking” Handout
-“Tobacco Unit Test”
-”Ad Appeals” to Learn What Appeals Advertisers Use
-Marketing Psychology: Interactive Activity where Students Analyze 15 ads
– A 30-slide Guess the Ad PowerPoint Presentation
Day 8 and 9
-The Brain and Habits
-Why Tobacco is so Hard to Quit!
-“Cleansing a Bad Habit”
-“Adding a Healthy Habit” Worksheets”
-“Support Your Peers Calendar”
Day 10 and 11
-“Tobacco Packs” Media Literacy Art Project”: FUN!! Students become tobacco advertisers and design a cover for a cigarette pack using at least one ad appeal.
My students really enjoy this unit, and they always come up with some of the most creative and funny cigarette packs for the media literacy project!
Day 12 – 15
NEW VAPING NEWSLETTER PROJECT! Students Create “Dangers of Vaping Newsletters” using articles and template provided.
THIS UNIT AND ALL ITS MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED IN MY FULL SEMESTER PROGRAMS: “HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH CURRICULUM” and “MIDDLE SCHOOL/MIDDLE SCHOOL HEALTH CURRICULUM.”
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