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Tobacco Awareness


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We were asked to spend some time on Tobacco Awareness and I came up with the activity, 'Making a Cigarette' using this short list of poisons emitted when smoking a cigarette: arsenic (found in rat poisons); ammonia (used to clean toilet bowls and floors); carbon monoxide (found in car exhaust); tar (used in roofing and waterproofing); and, nicotine (an addictive drug). We asked for descriptions of each to make sure everyone knows what each ingredient is.

On an 18 x 24 piece of white construction paper, my students wrote and illustrated the ingredients list. We discussed each item again, turned the paper over and holding it lengthwise, drew a straight line about 2-4 across one end and a curvy line about the same distance across the other end. We colored one end like a burning end and the other like a filter. We then rolled the paper with the writing on the inside and taped the roll to resemble a large lighted cigarette.

The students shared what is found in cigarettes with their families. We had an oral pop quiz, and Tobacco Awareness stickers were given to students for correct answers.

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