All in one smoking session
This session can be used as a standalone session on tobacco if lesson time is too limited to carry out individual sessions on tobacco.
Purpose of session
To give young people a broad overview of some of the dangers and ethical issues related to smoking.
Stage 1 - Contents of cigarettes
What is in a cigarette?
Resources needed:Post-it notes. Online access to ‘Chemical Soup’ video.
Key learning outcomeTo describe the chemicals in a cigarette and understand some of the reasons for them being added.
- Using post-it notes, ask pupils to write down one chemical that they know is in a cigarette. Collect up answers and share as a group. Answers are most likely to include nicotine and tar.
- Show pupils the ‘Chemical Soup’ video.
- Take feedback from the group on the video. Are they surprised by the number of chemicals added to cigarettes? How do they feel about the reasons that tobacco companies use certain chemicals? Do they think smokers know about the different chemicals in cigarettes?
Stage 2 - Health risks
Health risks of smoking
Resources needed:Post-it notes. A3 paper. Smoking and Health slides.
Key learning outcomeTo list some of the risks to health from smoking.
- Using post-it notes, ask pupils to write down one way that they know smoking can affect health.
- Read through the notes. Discuss which are the most common answers. (They are most likely to focus on lung cancer).
- Put pupils in groups. On sugar paper, draw and label the body of a smoker from head to toe to show how smoking affects health.
- Take feedback from each group. Use the knowledge pupils share to summarise that smoking affects the entire body and not just the lungs.
- Present Slide 4 ‘A Smoker’s Body’ to summarise.
Information to support teachers
- NHS information on health risks of smoking
- ASH Smoking and Disease Factsheet
- The British Hearth Foundation has an app called the Smoking Time Machine which can be downloaded for free from the App store. This allows young people to take a photo and age it to show how smoking will affect their appearance.
Stage 3 - Government policy to reduce smoking
UK Government v Tobacco Companies
Resources needed:Online access to Youtube. Worksheet ‘Tobacco Companies v UK Government’.
Key learning outcomeTo understand how the UK Government has worked to reduce smoking.
- Present with short video showing life in tobacco fields for young people.
- Present pupils with the worksheet ‘Tobacco Companies v UK Government’. Ask them to try and complete in pairs.
- Take feedback from the group and present with answers. Ask group what else they think the UK Government could do to reduce smoking in the UK?
Information for teachers
- Smoke Free England A Quick Guide to the Smokefree Law
- Gov.uk news article on Smoking in vehicles
- ASH guide to tobacco related legislation
Lesson plan resources
- Chemical Soup video
- Chemical Soup video transcript
- Smoking and Health slides
- Worksheet on Tobacco Companies v UK Government
- Worksheet of answers to Tobacco Companies v UK Government
- BBC News short video showing life in tobacco fields for young people
This lesson can be carried out in addition to any of the other sessions within the SmokefreeMe resource. A short reflection on previous learning on smoking would make a good introduction. As a sensitive subject, remind pupils that they can speak to a teacher after class if anything upsets them. Be aware that you may need to allocate time at the end of the session for any concerned pupils who have family members who smoke.
If pupils need further information about smoking in general you can direct them to the Hampshire Stop Smoking Service, Smokefree Hampshire.