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Name of Activity:

Stop Using Tobacco and Drugs!

Purpose of Activity:

To describe methods of encouraging others not to use illegal substances and to defer students from using tobacco/drugs.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Overhead, overhead transparencies for pictures, large paper, index cards

Description of Idea

Focus: Put a picture of a healthy, young female on the overhead. Allow the class to observe for 30 seconds. Then, remove picture and put a new picture of the same girl, explaining to the class that this is what she would look like after 20 years of smoking. This will catch their attention and give some "shock factor."

Review: Brainstorm the consequences of smoking individually for 5-7min. Then have small groups (3 per group), share and compare what they wrote down. Go around and have students name consequences they came up with. Make a list on the white board as they share.

Statement of Objectives: Students will be able to identify physical and social negative short and long-term consequences of tobacco use as well as encourage others not to smoke and also acknowledge that smoking is of no benefit to them personally.

Teacher Input: Give introduction on smoking, cigarettes and tobacco. Explain the link between addiction and nicotine. Mention that there are many poisonous chemicals in cigarettes. Go over what secondhand smoke is ("Secondhand smoke comes from both the smoke that smokers exhale (called mainstream smoke) and the smoke floating from the end of the cigarette, cigar, or pipe (called sidestream smoke)" ( Give statistics ("Statistics show that about 9 out of 10 tobacco users start before they're 18 years old" and "that it can shorten your life by 10 years or more; and that the habit can cost a smoker thousands of dollars a year" ( During the lecture, include a comparison picture of a healthy lung vs a smoker’s lung. The lecture should last 20 minutes or less but be a strong introduction so students are fully aware of the negative side effects.

Guided Practice: After going over the basics, have students write down the consequences from the board (of their choice) on index cards. Have them draw a large venn diagram on a large piece of paper with the labels "long-term" and "short-term." Give students 5 minutes to place their index cards in the "proper" category. After everyone is done, go through the consequences on the board and explain each one in more depth. Then have the students raise their hands accordingly, as the teacher calls out "short-term," "long-term," or "both."

Consequences: (Also, this will be a handout for them to take home and help with the homework assignment)

1. Bad Skin: pale, wrinkles--smoking restricts blood vessels, prevents oxygen and nutrients from getting to the skin (long-term, both)
2. Bad Breath/yellow teeth: halitosis--persistent bad breath (both)
3. Bad Smelling clothes and hair: stale smoke smell lingers and is hard to remove (both)
4. Reduced Athletic Performance: smoking can increase heart beat, decrease circulation, give you shortness of breath (long-term, both)
5. Increase risk of injury and slower healing time: smoking affects body's ability to produce collagen- so common sports injuries such as damaged tendons and ligaments heal more slowly (both)
6. Increase risk of illness: smokers get more colds, flu, bronchitis, and pneumonia than nonsmokers (short-term, both)
7. Causes throat, lung, stomach, bladder cancer (long-term)
8. Higher risk for osteoporosis: decreased bone density (long-term)
9. Can cause fertility problems (long-term)
10. Causes emphysema, heart disease, stroke (long-term)

Assessment Ideas:

Brochure Assignment:


You are to create an attractive and persuasive brochure on the dangers and consequences of smoking. Include pictures/graphics/visuals and reasons/consequences encouraging individuals not to smoke.

5 or more consequences/reasons not to smoke
3 or more graphics
3 or more blurbs and/or facts about smoking
Needs to be colorful/attractive/neat
Provide at least one resource for individuals who want to quit/learn more

Make sure you are persuasive and convincing. We want to inform people of the dangers of smoking and ultimately persuade them not to start smoking or quit if they already do.

Due in one week

At the end of class, they will have an "exit ticket." They must write down three new pieces of information they learned for the day to leave class.

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Submitted by Shelby Stamets in Wilmington, NC. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 3/30/2011.

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Carolyn Wescott

Hi. Can yo email me the before and after pictures. Thank you.

Sherai Jones

Great lesson. Can you email me the before and after pictures of the girl.


great lesson!! can you please send the before and after pictures?? Thanks!!


Can you please the before and after pictures?? Thanks!

Jeff dobbins

Great Lesson! Can you email me the before and after picture of the girl? Thank you.

Heather Sholar

As I was reading the lesson plan I thought it was great! I just knew it had to come from a UNCW alumni!! I was pleased to see I was right!

Tiffany Pippins

Outstanding lesson. Will you please email me the before and after picture of the female? Thanks a bunch.

Excellent Lesson! Can you email to me before & after pictures of girl? Thank you

Awesome lesson. I was wondering if you could e-mail me the picture of the healthy girl and what she would look like 20 years after smoking.


Thank You


Great lesson. Would you be able to send the picture of the girl before and after.


That sounds like an amazing lesson and a very effective one also. It is critical for students to understand how damaging tobacco truly is. I was wondering if you could please send me a pic. of the lady before and after smoking. Thank you!

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sounds great, can I please get the before and after picture? Thanks
Kristi Dillon

Lisa Breit

Hi, Sounds like a great lesson. could you please send me the before and after photos of the girl. Thank you very much.


Great Lesson!
Is it possible to send the pictures or to post them here? That would be a great help!
Thank you.

kelly mcvay

could you send me the picutres of the girl?

Josh Pearson

Can you send the pictures of the girl? Love the lesson and thank you!

Thanks again!

Could you send me the pictures? This is such a great idea!

Thank you!


could you please send the pictures to my email as well?


This is a wonderful website! Thank you so much!


Great idea! Could you please send me the before and after pictures?

Thank you!

Teresa Enrico

Can I have the before and after pictures? This is such a great idea!!

Terri Greene

I love the idea, could you please email me pictures of the before and after pictures.

May I have the before and after pictures sent to my email?

Great ideas! Can you send me the before and after photos?

May I have the before and after pictures sent to my email?

I would also love to incorporate this lesson! Could you please send the before and after pictures to my email? I've seen the meth photos for before and after, but not the smokers.
Also, if you have access to streamline video, check out "Flipped:Tobacco" where they use make up on an aspiring actress who is a smoker and she sees what she would look like--Usher producers it so with him in this video it also catches their attention.

Debbie Carlough

great lesson could you sent me the before and after picture of the girl. Thanks

Allison Hernandez

Great lesson plan! I would love to implement it in my health class however, can I please have a copy of the before and after picture?

Sorry, forgot to add my email addres!

Carolyn White

just wondering if I could get a copy of the before and after photo as well. Sounds like an effective lesson, would love to try it to see how it affects them.

I also would love to have the before and after pictures of the girl for my p.e. classes as I do are health lesson week

I would love to have access to the before and after pictures of the female. Would you please email through to me so that I can use to teach. Lesson plan looks good.


It looks like a valuable lesson and I really want to use it in some of my Health Classes.....but is there any way I could get the pictures of the female before and after she becomes a smoker.....I would greatly appreciate can just send it thru my e-mail address..... THANKS AGAIN!!!!!

Shelby Stamets