Session 2: Making Our Own Choices
1. Prepare enough blank index cards for each student to receive one card. If you do not have index cards, you can cut a blank sheet of paper into four squares to make cards.
2. Pull up the Video: "What Could Go Wrong?"
3. Print out enough copies of Handout 2: Adult Interview for each student to receive one copy.
|Activities||Materials and Teacher 411 Resources|
1. Introduction5 minutes
Teacher 411 Resources:
2. Direct Instruction5-10 minutes
|3. Work Time
| Teacher Materials:
Teacher 411 Resources:
approx. 40 minutes
- Identify the percentage of E-cigarette users in high school and middle school and describe nonsmokers as the majority.
- Discover the amount of money the tobacco and E-cigarette industry spends on advertising its products.
- Recognize the covert methods that the tobacco and E-cigarette industry uses to attract new E-cigarette users.
- Analyze some of the propaganda techniques tobacco and E-cigarette companies use to sell their brand of E-cigarette.
- Identify reasons why teens may begin using E-cigarettes.
- Identify positive alternatives to using E-cigarettes.
Suggested Length: approx. 40 minutes
- Show Video: "What Could Go Wrong?" and briefly discuss impression with class.
- Ask students to guess the following on scratch paper: What percentage of middle schoolers smoke E-cigarettes? What percentage of high schoolers smoke E-cigarettes?
- Ask students to share their guesses.
- Reveal the actual numbers: As of 2018, only 11.7% of high-schoolers and 3.3% of middle schoolers have smoked an E-cigarette in the last 30 days.
- Discuss: Most teenagers surveyed disapproved of E-cigarette use. Very few high schoolers, and even fewer middle school students, smoke E-cigarettes. Ask: Are these numbers surprising? Why do you think students’ estimates are usually higher than the actual number? (possible answers: advertising, YouTube and social media, bragging, etc.)
Note: Students often overestimate the number of people they think use E-cigarettes, just as they do with conventional cigarettes. By presenting facts about the teen prevalence of E-cigarette usage, students will understand that not “everyone does it.”
- Explain: Advertisers think you are easily influenced by what others do, so they try to make it seem like everyone smokes. In reality, only a very small percentage of teens use E-cigarettes.
- Discuss (5-10 min.) the homework (Handout 1: "Where Do You Stand?") from the previous session.
- Distribute an index card or paper square to each student.
- Ask students to take 1-2 minutes to jot down what defines them as a person and their goals. These could be short-term goals or long-term goals.
- Ask students to flip the index card over and record their answer to the following question: How would addiction affect your current identity or goals that you have made for yourself?
- Ask students to share their responses.
- Remind students that E-cigarette companies want you to become addicted to their products so they can make money.
Activity 1: Reasons Why Young People Experiment with E-cigarettes and Positive Alternatives (10 min.)
- Distribute an index card or cut up paper square to each student.
- Ask students to independently record responses to the following question on the front side of their index card: Why might young people experiment with E-cigarettes? On the back side, record responses to the following question: What are some positive things young people can do instead of using E-cigarettes?
Example Reasons for Use: to rebel, because they are curious, to be accepted, to look cool, friends use it, to look older, parents use it, to taste new flavors. Example Positive Alternatives: join sports team/club, invite friends to a movie or concert, workout/exercise, try new foods, volunteer to take on more responsibility
- Collect the index cards and read responses aloud to the class. Make a list of the responses on the board.
- Assign Handout 2: Adult Interview to be completed before the next class.
- Emphasize that students should interview one of their parents or guardians, but if they cannot arrange that, they should find another adult to interview.