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Lesson 25: Tobacco and Alcohol Are Dangerous Drugs


In this lesson, students learn important facts about tobacco and alcohol. After brainstorming what they already know about these two drugs, students read an article and compare key facts to what they think they know. Then they participate in an interview game to explain how tobacco, secondhand smoke and aerosol, and alcohol hurt the body, list benefits of being tobacco and alcohol free, and identify people who can help them stay drug free.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between medicines and illicit drugs.
  2. Identify short- and long-term effects of alcohol use.
  3. Identify short- and long-term physical effects of using tobacco.
  4. Explain the short- and long-term physical effects of being exposed to others’ tobacco use.
  5. Describe benefits of being tobacco and alcohol free.

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-3: Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • T-1: Avoid using (or experimenting with) any form of tobacco.
  • T-2: Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
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