School and Other Resources

ACT has devleoped a number of presentations to be given in schools and community groups. The following are samples of presentations which can be adapted to suit the needs of individual groups and topics.

ACT is pleased to let you know that Dr. Shakti Chandra from the BioMedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine’s Anatomy Outreach Program is available to come to your school for an interactive session on the harmful effects of tobacco and the benefits of healthy living and living tobacco free. Dr. Chandra is available to offer anatomy teaching sessions to the public including all school grades (K-12). Presentations are done using bones, anatomical specimens, artificial joints, basic medical tools and photos. Judgment and discretion is applied in deciding what is appropriate to show each group, according to their maturity and goals. This project is a way for Memorial University to share its resources with the province, and perhaps even to encourage more students to consider medicine as a career.
If you would like to arrange a presentation please call the ACT office.

This award winning anti-tobacco video is appropriate for high school students and young adults. It is a broad view of the tobacco epidemic around the world and as well focuses on the effect of tobacco and tobacco marketing.

The CDC has developed an excellent school resource for junior high and high school students that deals with many current tobacco issues.

Be Tobacco Free is a excellent resource from Tampa Bay, Florida. However, it is important to note the following differences between the US and Canada:

Teachers are doing some interesting projects with students in their schools. Here are just a few that you might want to use with your students.

In 2007 ACT developed and implemented an ad campaign that drew on the positives of being smoke free. Called "Be Free-Smoke-Free", the campaign's television commercials are now being utlilized by some teachers as a teaching aid. The ads can be downladed here:

The Western School District, Western Health and ACT have sponsored a radio ad contest for schools in the Western Region. Please visit this website to hear these wonderful ads.

Teacher Kim Welsh of Ascention Collegiate in Bay Roberts has developed a mentoring program called "Healthy Lungs" where students support other students who are trying to quit smoking. For more information on this program please contact the ACT office or Kim directly at kimberlywelsh@esdnl.ca.

The Central Tobacco Awareness Coalition has developed two Grade 5 lesson plans dealing with tobacco and the tobacco industry:

Heather Crow was diagnosed with smokers lung cancer in 2002 yet she had never smoked a day in her life. Heather became the first person in Canada to be awarded workmans compensation because of continuous exposure to second hand smoke at her job. Her story is compelling, please feel free to share it with your students.

Barb Tarbox was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in September 2002 after smoking since Grade 7. She died May 18, 2003 after speaking to more than 50,000 students about the dangers of smoking. Please visit the link for a video and discussion questions

If you have something you have been doing with your students that you would like to share with us, we would be happy to post it here! Please refer to the Contact Us page for further details.