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Lesson 29: Turning Off the Pressure


This lesson introduces refusal skills for resisting pressure to use tobacco or alcohol. Students brainstorm ways to turn off pressure, including knowing the facts and believing in their drug-free choice. They are coached through a practice session to help them say NO to pressure with their thoughts, words and actions. They review and share their reasons for avoiding tobacco and alcohol use; practice words they can use to say NO clearly and firmly; and demonstrate body language to reinforce the NO message. They discuss how they may need to say NO to pressure more than once, then make and wear badges to demonstrate and share what they’ve learned about resisting pressure.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective peer resistance skills to avoid tobacco, alcohol and other drug use.
  2. Support peers to be tobacco and alcohol free.

SEL Connection

  • self-management
  • relationship skills

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-3: Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • AOD-8: Support others to be alcohol and other drug free.
  • T-1: Avoid using (or experimenting with) any form of tobacco.
  • T-4: Support others to be tobacco free.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 4: Communication
  • Performance Indicator 4.5.1: Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to enhance health.
  • Performance Indicator 4.5.2: Demonstrate refusal skills that avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.3: Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 8: Advocacy
  • Performance Indicator 8.5.2: Encourage others to make positive health choices.
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