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Presentations are available for all settings: youth, adult, business, church, etc. Topics include the effects of tobacco use, media literacy, tobacco industry tactics, and more. More specific details follow. Click here for information about Youth Tobacco Classes
Youth Tobacco Prevention Presentations
These presentations are designed to educate youth about the issues surrounding tobacco use such as nicotine addiction, consequences, social problems caused by tobacco use, resiliency skills, second hand smoke, as well as others. They can be tailored to cover a specific issue to fit in well with what the students are learning at the time. They are given in a series or separately to supplement lesson plans and Tobacco Awareness Campaigns, i.e. Ribbon Week, Kick Butts Day, Great American Smokeout, and World No-Tobacco Day.
Tobacco On Trial
This prevention program is a series of four, one-hour presentations geared for 5th grade students. It is intended to educate children about tobacco and help them develop the skills necessary to make decisions not to use it. Some of the issues that are covered include peer pressure, decision-making, goal setting, advertising by the tobacco industry, second-hand smoke, and the health effects and consequences of using tobacco. Students receive their own workbook that they follow along with the lesson each day. The workbook includes fun activities such as word searches, crossword puzzles, and worksheets as well as homework assignments to supplements the lessons.
Project Towards No Tobacco Use (TNT)
Prevention of tobacco use among teens is not a casual business or fruitless endeavor- we can prevent deaths from occurring. Project TNT is a prevention program recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that works. It targets middle /junior high school youth (grades 6-8) and consists of ten activity-based sessions lasting 45-50 minutes. The curriculum provides information on the consequences of tobacco use including the cycle of addiction. However, long-term effects are not emphasized because research shows that by the time children reach junior high school they understand the long-term dangers and are not impacted by this knowledge. The program's main emphasis, therefore, is on changing normative beliefs and perceptions of prevalence of use, decision-making, and effective communication and refusal assertion skills to increase self-efficacy to not begin use. If you are interested in more details about Project TNT, call 399-7183.