Explanation of the activity:
This activity helps students to realize that smoking does
not help you to achieve your goals.
Therefore, you don’t need to smoke!
the list of reasons of why people smoke generated during the brainstorm
session. Reasons include:
To look cool
To look older
To be adventurous/rebellious
To see what smoking is like
To relax and relieve stress
Because parents/family are smoking
Because friends are smoking
To fit in with friends
To seem tough
To feel independent
the list of reasons people smoke generated in the previous discussion,
have students create an essay, poem or poster illustrating personally
relevant ways in which they currently do or can achieve the same goal
without smoking or using tobacco products. You may want to have the class
select the top five reasons or select the top five most relevant reasons
from the list to help narrow down the assignment.
over the following alternatives to achieving the same goal without
smoking. Encourage students to come up with their own alternatives, or
expand on these:
the students time to complete their essay, poem or poster. Post
the posters around the room, and allow the students to walk around and
admire each other’s work.
look cool -->
Be friendly to everyone you meet and people will like you and want to be
around you, making you more popular and “cool.”
look older -->Being able to care for yourself is associated with being older, so do
things to take care of yourself. Get ready for school and bed by yourself
without being told, or help out around the house without being told.
Being self-assured and standing up for your beliefs are other ways to look
older and gain respect of family and friends.
be adventurous/rebellious --> Try a new sport or
activity that you have never tried, like skateboarding or karate.
Debating is a good way to express yourself and “go against the grain.”
see what smoking is like -->Quitting smoking is
very, very hard to do, because it has addictive chemicals in it. Smoking
is not something that is safe to try. It is easier to never begin smoking
than it is to quit smoking. You can also talk to an adult who smokes or
someone who has tried to quit smoking and listen to their story of how
hard smoking it is to quit once you’ve started.
relax and relieve stress-->A good way to relax and
relieve stress is by closing your eyes for a few minutes and taking deep
breaths. While your eyes are closed, picture a place that makes you feel
calm and relaxed. You can even do some stretches while doing this to
increase your relaxation.
parents/family smoke -->Sometimes people do not
know how unhealthy smoking is and do not know they should quit. However, some people know how dangerous
it is, but it is still very hard for them to quit. Instead of joining
them in this unhealthy habit, start a healthy habit or tradition with
them. For example, you could read
a book together before bed every night or play a board game every Tuesday
night. Or, join your parents in other things they do. Help them cook dinner or do
laundry. Doing things with your
parents will help you to connect with them.
friends are smoking -->Play a sport or game
with friends instead of smoking. If your friends start smoking that does
not mean that you can not be their friend anymore, but find other things
to do with them that do not involve smoking. Also, ask them to please not
smoke when they are around you.
fit in with friends -->You do not have to
smoke just because your friends smoke.
In fact, you shouldn’t. Tell your friends that you do not want to
smoke, and ask them to please not smoke around you. If they continue to
pressure you to smoke, find friends that do not smoke. Fit in with
friends that have the same values and beliefs as you do.
seem tough -->First, ask yourself: “What does “tough” mean? Why is it important for me
to seem ‘tough’?” Self-confidence is the best way to seem “tough” to others.
feel independent -->You can be independent
by doing things for yourself. Dress yourself and get ready for school by
yourself, clean up your room or your house without being told, or do your
homework without being told.