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Lesson 28: Where Does Pressure Come From?


This lesson continues the exploration of tobacco and alcohol pressures. Students learn that there are different influences on the choice to use tobacco, alcohol or other drugs, and consider how pressure can be external or internal. They discuss the influence of peers, advertising, and internal pressures such as curiosity or believing drug use will feel or make them look a certain way. Then they work in pairs to analyze how each of these influences could put pressure on young people to use tobacco or alcohol. They review benefits of being tobacco and alcohol free, and take home a family sheet to help them discuss staying away from tobacco and alcohol with their parents or guardians.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify ways peers can influence or pressure someone to use tobacco and alcohol.
  • Identify media influences on the use of tobacco and alcohol.
  • Identify internal influences on the use of tobacco and alcohol.
  • List reasons young people choose not to use tobacco and alcohol.
  • Describe family rules about avoiding tobacco and alcohol use.

SEL Connection

  • social awareness

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-3: Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • T-1: Avoid using (or experimenting with) any form of tobacco.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.3: Identify how peers can influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.5: Explain how media influences thoughts, feelings, and health behaviors.
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