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Youths aged 13 & 14 are most likely to notice and remember in-store tobacco promotions. Class members dissect tobacco advertising tactics and learn about relevant legislation by participating in guided discussion. Assessing promotions, target audiences, and brand associations/strategies they audit local real-life promotions. Incorporate inquiry-based research about laws and restrictions in countries other than Canada (where this excellent resource originated).
Is there really anything good about tobacco? No, there isn't one good thing about tobacco! This presentation provides a good overview of pertinent information. A few of the topics included are: what's in a cigarette, peer pressure, effects of smoking on the heart and lungs. There are great points in this presentation to use as jumping off points for discussions with your class. Engage pupils as much as possible in discussions about the dangers of tobacco and emphasize that each person has the power to make good choices.
Students are introduced to the effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. In groups, they research how drugs and alcohol affect the body in terms of getting the nutritional values that it needs to be healthy. They also discuss how emotions and their self-worth can affect their likelihood in using drugs and alcohol.
Two compelling texts about tobacco companies' influence over editorial content in print media introduce readers to the concept of advertising censorship. After study and discussion, class members compose a mock "final column" by a magazine journalist whose editors won't allow him to write any more articles about the health hazards of smoking at the request of tobacco advertisers.