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Lesson 23: Dangers of Tobacco


In this lesson, students review the different ways tobacco and its smoke can hurt the body. They identify different forms of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco and vaping products, and discuss how they know when someone has been smoking. The teacher presents a poem to explain the dangers of both smoking and smokeless tobacco use. Then students compose a letter to a friend explaining why tobacco use is harmful.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify a variety of tobacco products.
  2. Identify short-term effects of using tobacco. 
  3. Identify short- and long-term physical effects of being exposed to tobacco smoke or aerosol. 
  4. Encourage peers to be tobacco free.

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • T-1: Avoid using (or experimenting with) any form of tobacco.
  • T-2: Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol.
  • T-4: Support others to be tobacco free.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.1: Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
  • Standard 8: Advocacy
  • Performance Indicator 8.2.2: Encourage peers to make positive health choices.
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