ACT has developed 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.
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:
- Advertising of cigarettes both inside and outside retail stores is banned in Newfoundland and Labrador. Counter top displays of cigarettes as well as the tobacco “wall” behind counters are also no longer permitted. (page 4 of resource)
- “Little cigars” or cigarillos with flavours are banned in Canada. Unfortunately the Tobacco Industry is not playing fair and has found a loophole to get around this law. They are now making the “little cigars” slightly heavier and bigger and are selling them with flavours in this manner. (page 6 of resource)
- Promotion of E-cigarettes is banned if it promotes a “healthier choice” message. (page 7 of resource)
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.
- Coloring Book for Primary Grades
- Activity Sheets for Grades 4-6
- Chemistry project from O’Donel High
- SHL School CARE project – A quick and easy way for you to help students who want help quitting smoking!
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:
- Be Free Smoke-Free Ad 1 – General public
- Be Free Smoke-Free Ad 2 – Pregnancy
- Be Free Smoke-Free Ad 3 – Youth
The Western School District, Western Health and ACT have sponsored a radio ad contest for schools in the Western Region. You can hear these wonderful ads at the The Western School District website.
The Central Tobacco Awareness Coalition has developed two Grade 5 lesson plans dealing with tobacco and the tobacco industry:
- Lesson Plan 1 – Tobacco and the Respiratory System
- Lesson Plan 2 – The Tobacco Industry and Marketing
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!