Object of the Game:

  • The object of the game is to be the first to get from one end of the path to the other. Reaching the end of the path is akin to being in “good health,” and you can get there only by moving along the path which states healthy things you do. Doing unhealthy things (using tobacco products) takes you off of the path towards good health, thus slowing you down for reaching your goal.
  • Along the path, there are three question spaces regarding tobacco use. If the student answers the question correctly, they have effectively said “no” to tobacco use at that time. They can continue on unhindered toward their goal of good health. If they answer the question incorrectly, the student must now continue along the “addiction circle” of that particular tobacco product. This takes them off the path towards good health for a while and slows them down from reaching their goal--until they can get out of the circle.
  • Students get out of their addiction circle by the combination of two factors: luck and knowledge. They must land directly on the space where they entered the circle (the luck factor), and they must answer a tobacco-related question to be able to get back on the path towards good health. These two factors are intended to make it difficult-but not impossible-to break the addiction. Ultimately, those students who did not fall into addiction are able to move further along the path of good health and reach their goal more quickly.

Preparation: (See diagram below for path set up)

*For limited space: Instead of making a life-size board game, use poster board or an overhead projector to make the game board.

  1. Print out the Path spaces and glue them to a variety of colors of construction paper.
  2. Print off the Addiction Circle spaces and glue each space to the same color of construction paper. Designate one color for each set of Addiction Circle spaces.
  3. Lay the Path spaces in a straight line outside, in the gym, or in the hallway. Make sure to begin with the “START” space and end with the “GOOD HEALTH” space. Intermingle blank construction paper spaces with the Path spaces as needed to elongate the path, as needed.
  4. At three different areas on the path place a Tobacco Temptation space. Space the Tobacco Temptation spaces out.
  5. Off of that space, lay that particular tobacco product’s spaces (as outlined below for cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco) in a complete circle.
  6. The teacher will have a list of the questions that are asked to get in and out of the addiction circles. Each question should be asked only once during the game so that other students who land on the same space cannot use a previous answer.

Healthy Habit Path Spaces

1. You drink water instead of pop. You feel full of energy!

2. You run around and are physically active during recess.

3. You stretch before being physically active.

4. You ask your parents to please buy you carrots to snack on instead of potato chips.

5. In your free time, you do not watch a lot of TV. Instead, you play, read or do your favorite hobby.

6. You eat all your vegetables at lunch, even though you do not really like their taste.

7. You try new fruits you have never tried before.

8. You try new sports.

9. You see advertisements on TV and know they are just trying to get you to buy something. They may not be telling the truth.

10. You realize that you have not eaten anything from the fruit group yet today, so you eat an apple instead of a candy bar as a bedtime snack.

11. You saved a lot of money by not buying tobacco products. You saved up enough to buy a toy, clothes or a book you really wanted.

12. When you go to fast food restaurants, you order a side salad with your meal instead of French fries. Salads have lots of nutrients and French fries do not.

Addiction Circle Spaces: Cigarettes

  1. Your teeth yellow.
  2. You smell like smoke.
  3. You spend a lot of money on cigarettes instead of toys, games and books.
  4. You cough a lot—even when you are not sick.
  5. You want to quit but cannot.
  6. It is hard to run and play.
  7. It is hard to breathe.
  8. Your breath smells bad

Addiction Circle Spaces: Cigars

  1. Your teeth yellow.
  2. You smell like smoke.
  3. You spend a lot of money on cigars instead of toys, games and books.
  4. You cough a lot--even when you are not sick.
  5. You get sick more often.
  6. It is hard to run and play.
  7. It is hard to breathe.
  8. You want to quit but cannot.

Addiction Circle Spaces: Chewing Tobacco

  1. You get sores in your mouth.
  2. Your teeth yellow.
  3. You always have to spit.
  4. Your teeth get more cavities.
  5. Your breath smells bad.
  6. You spend a lot of money on chewing tobacco instead of toys, games and books.
  7. You lose your sense of taste, so everything you eat tastes the same.
  8. You want to quit but cannot.

Tobacco Temptation spaces (for getting into the Addiction Circles):

  1. Cigarette circle
    1. Most kids smoke cigarettes. If you smoke cigarettes, you will fit in with everyone else. (True or False)

i. The most recent numbers on tobacco use among middle school students come from a 2004 survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These numbers have not changed significantly since 2002.

1. About 12% of students reported using some form of tobacco – cigarettes, spit (smokeless) tobacco and snuff, cigars, pipes, and flavored cigarettes like bidis or kreteks/clove cigarettes – at least once in the past month.

2. Cigarettes (about 8%) were the most common type of tobacco used, followed by cigars (about 5%), spit tobacco (about 3%), pipes (about 3%), bidis (about 2%), and kreteks/cloves (about 2%).

    1. It is totally safe to smoke cigarettes. (True or False)
    2. How old do you have to be to legally buy cigarettes? (Answer: 18, in Ohio)
  1. Cigars circle
    1. Are cigars safer to smoke than cigarettes?
    2. When you see actors smoking cigars in movies, they always are really smoking the cigar--not just acting. (True or False)
    3. Your friends know what is best for you. So, if they smoke a cigar, it is okay for you to try one with them. (True or False)
  2. Chewing tobacco circle
    1. Some baseball players chew tobacco because it makes them able to hit the ball farther and throw the ball faster. (True or False)
    2. Chewing tobacco is much safer than smoking cigarettes and cigars. (True or False)
    3. “Snuff” is safer to chew than chewing tobacco. (True or False)

i. NO! Snuff is another name for chewing tobacco.

Breaking the Addiction Questions (for getting out of the Addiction Circles):

  1. Cigarette circle
    1. What are some of the things you might feel if you were trying to quit smoking?

i. Irritable/grouchy, nervous/anxious, restless, fatigued/tired, unable to focus or concentrate, trouble sleeping, cravings, hungrier than usual, headache

    1. How much does one pack of cigarettes cost?

i. Answer: In Ohio, the cost is about $5.00 per pack. The cost varies state-by-state due to taxes. Taxes continue to increase on cigarettes.

  1. Cigar circle
    1. What is the best way to not get into the bad habit of smoking cigars?

i. Never start!

    1. Are kids allowed to buy cigars?

i. NO! (Answer: Minimum age is 18, in Ohio)

    1. Brushing your teeth a lot will get rid of the yellow stains on your teeth caused by smoking. (True or False)

i. Answer: NO! Stains caused by tobacco will not disappear just by brushing your teeth a lot. A professional and expensive whitening procedure must be used to lessen the stains.

  1. Chew circle
    1. Is chewing tobacco safer than smoking cigarettes or cigars?

i. NO!

    1. Name five reasons why chewing tobacco is bad for your health. What are five effects of chewing tobacco?

i. Answers:

1. You get sores in your mouth.

2. Your teeth yellow.

3. You always have to spit.

4. Your teeth get more cavities.

5. Your breath smells bad.

6. You lose your sense of taste, so everything you eat tastes the same.

7. You lose your sense of smell.

    1. Many baseball players now chew on sunflower seeds instead of tobacco. Sunflower seeds are much safer than chewing tobacco. (True or False)

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