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Lesson 5: Vaping & Other Tobacco Products: Get the Facts

Overview

This lesson covers the negative consequences of vaping and other tobacco use, including short- and long-term physical, psychological and social effects, and the negative consequences of being exposed to secondhand smoke or vaping aerosol. Students discuss why teens might start vaping or using other tobacco products and examine perceived and actual norms around use among high school students. They read about and summarize short- and long-term physical, psychological and social effects of vaping and other tobacco product use and the negative consequences of being exposed to secondhand smoke or vaping aerosol. Then they use what they’ve learned to write a message supported by the facts that would convince someone to not vape or use any other tobacco product.

Note: If time is limited, the assessment activity sheet may be completed as homework.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Summarize why individuals choose to vape or use other tobacco products.
  2. Summarize the negative short- and long-term physical effects of vaping and using other tobacco products.
  3. Summarize the negative personal and social consequences of vaping and using other tobacco products.
  4. Summarize the negative effects of secondhand smoke.
  5. Use accurate norms to support an advocacy message around avoiding vaping and other tobacco products.

Note: National data on vaping and other tobacco product use among high school students is provided based on the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. If you have state or local statistics available on current drug use, you may wish to use this data instead. Remember that the purpose of the lesson is to model the norm that the majority of students around their age do not use drugs. So, it’s best to use the set of statistics that shows the lower percentages. The most current YRBS data can be found at the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System website at www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs.

SEL Connection

  • social awareness

Time: 60 - 75 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • T-1: Avoid using (or experimenting with) any form of tobacco.
  • T-2: Avoid secondhand smoke.
  • T-3: Support a tobacco-free environment.
  • T-4: Support others to be tobacco free.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.1: Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.9: Analyze the potential severity of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors
  • Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.12.7: Analyze how the perceptions of norms influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Standard 8: Advocacy
  • Performance Indicator 8.12.1: Utilize accurate peer and societal norms to formulate a health-enhancing message.
  • Performance Indicator 8.12.2: Demonstrate how to influence and support others to make positive health choices.