Deciding About Tobacco
Although the legal age for using tobacco is 18, statistics show that about 9 out of 10 tobacco users start before they are 18 years old. Research also shows if a person does not begin smoking before they are 18, he or she most likely will never start. This course is designed to educate young teens on the addictive quality of tobacco and the harmful effects on the body so that they are more likely to resist it.
Students will discuss the poisonous chemicals found in tobacco and will learn about the addictive nature of nicotine. The short and long-terms effects of tobacco on the body will be explored, with an emphasis on the respiratory and circulatory systems. In addition, marketing strategies used by tobacco companies will be revealed to students to increase their awareness of consumer traps. Students will discuss strategies to remain tobacco-free, despite pressure from peers and the media..