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Suggested Activities: Tobacco

Activity Magazines: What do they say?

Time of Year November – SADD Calendar
Any time of year

Summary Every day thousands of teens start smoking. With education and promotion, students can learn to say no to tobacco.

Objective

To educate teens on the dangers of smoking and encourage them not to smoke


Who Middle or high school groups

Materials Needed
  1. Magazines (collect some that allow tobacco advertisements)
  2. Scissors
  3. Construction paper
  4. Tape

Cigarette advertising may be one of the main reasons young people start smoking.

What to Do

  1. Have the group brainstorm about the pressures that exist to begin smoking.

  2. Distribute all supplies to the group.

  3. Have each member find and cut out any tobacco advertisements and/or words that come to mind when they think of smoking. Have the group consider the pressures to smoke and what advertisers want teens to think about smoking.

  4. Members can make a collage using the construction paper, tape, and magazine pieces.

  5. Have group members split into small groups of four or five students and discuss their collages. Students then describe the message they think the picture is telling them about smoking.


Activity Going Up in Smoke

Time of Year November – SADD Calendar
Any time of year

Summary Every day thousands of teens start smoking. With education and promotion, students can learn to say no to tobacco.

Objective

To educate teens on the dangers of smoking and encourage them not to smoke.


Who Middle or high school groups

Materials Needed
  1. Going Up in Smoke list of ingredients
  2. Scissors
  3. Two signs that say, "Not Found in Smoke" and "Found in Smoke"
  4. Tape


What to Do

  1. Cut out the ingredients of Going Up in Smoke into small pieces of paper.

  2. Hang the "Not Found in Smoke" sign on one side of the room and the "Found in Smoke" sign on the other side.

  3. Pass out the pieces of paper to each student in the group.

  4. Have the group members stand on the designated sides of the room based on whether they believe the ingredient listed on the paper is actually found in cigarette smoke or not.

  5. Start with the people standing by the "Not Found in Smoke" and ask them one by one to read their card. After each person reads the card, he or she should move over to the other side.

  6. Ask those who originally stood on the "Found in Smoke" side to read their ingredients individually.

  7. All of the ingredients are found in cigarette smoke.


Pose the following questions for discussion.


Going Up In Smoke

Methane (swamp gas) Butane (lighter fluid)
Methanol (rocket fuel) Polonium 201 (nuclear waste)
Nicotine (insecticide) Acetic acid (vinegar)
Stearic acid (candle wax) Nitrous oxide phenols (disinfectant)
Formaldehyde (preservative) Carbon monoxide (car exhaust fumes)
Hydrogen cyanide (gas chamber poison) Hexamine (barbeque lighter)
Ammonia (household cleaner) DDT/Dieldrin (insecticides)
Arsenic (fatal poison) Toluene (industrial solvent)
Acetone (nail polish remover) Ethanol (alcohol)
Napthelene (mothballs) Vinyl chloride (used in plumbing pipes)


(Adapted from Tobacco-Free Educational Materials: The Maze Made Easy, Colorado State University)

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