Teen Health Course 3

Chapter 13: Tobacco

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Lesson 2

  1. 40 of the 4,000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke are known to cause cancer in humans or animals.

  2. Secondhand smoke is a combination of a smoker's exhaled smoke and the smoke from the burning end of his/her cigarette, pipe, or cigar.

  3. EPA estimates that exposure to secondhand smoke causes approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths per year in nonsmokers.

  4. In children, secondhand smoke can cause asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, and middle ear infections and increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

  5. Parents are responsible for 90% of children's exposure to secondhand smoke.
Additional Resources for Teachers

Below are some additional resources on secondhand smoke and what is being done about it. You might want to have teens share their own experience with secondhand smoke and how they feel about it. Have them brainstorm ways they can work to make their communities smoke free in public places.

  1. CDC – Taking Action Against Secondhand Smoke:
  2. PBS:
  3. BADvertising:
  4. Death Cards:
  5. Don't Buy the Lie:
Lesson 3

  1. SHOUT is a teen tobacco prevention club called "Students Helping Others Understand Tobacco." Its goal is to educate youth on tobacco issues and the tobacco industry.

  2. T.A.T.U. stands for Teens Against Tobacco Use.

  3. Some examples of guerilla marketing techniques that can be used to encourage other teens not to smoke are:

  4. a. Sign the Quit Pledge.
    b. Download warning stickers and posters and stick them in magazines where tobacco advertising is featured.
    c. Learn a few tobacco facts by heart so you can quickly explain why people should not smoke.
    d. Print out a tobacco fact sheet to send with a personal letter to someone you love who smokes.
    e. Talk to the high school newspaper editor about writing a story about smoking on your campus.
    f. Write a letter to the editor of your high school newspaper or local newspaper.
    g. Create anti-tobacco posters for your school restrooms and smokers' hang outs on campus.
    h. Create a "Youth Against Tobacco" petition and pass it around the student body.
    i. Ask your school's sports teams to wear an anti-tobacco sticker or patch on their helmets or uniforms.
    j. Ask your school's prevention counselor and school nurse to hold a tobacco prevention clinic.

  5. Ways to publicize an anti-tobacco campaign include:

  6. a. Take your message to TV, radio, newspapers, and Web sites.
    b. Recruit new members for your group.
    c. Build partnerships with local businesses and organizations.
    d. Learn the media lingo and use it.
    e. Let your community know you care about tobacco prevention by writing letters to the editors of local papers.
    f. Write news releases about your anti-tobacco campaign efforts.

  7. Web resources you can tell other teens about include:
  8. a. American Cancer Society SpeakOUT -
    b. American Legacy Foundation -
    c. American Lung Association of Washington/TATU
    d. Centers for Disease Control -
    e. Kick Butts Day -
    f. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids -
Additional Resources for Teachers

Below are some additional resources on how to speak out against smoking and fight the advertising efforts of tobacco companies. Assign groups of students to carry out some of the suggestions above and see what kind of responses they get.

  1. Street Theory: http://www.streetheory.org
  2. The Truth Campaign: http://www.thetruth.com/
  3. Bad Advertising: http://www.badvertising.org/index.html
  4. Tobacco Free Kids: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/
  5. Smoke Free: http://www.smokefree.net/
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