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Lesson Overview: Introduce your students to "Tobacco: Understanding Its Effects", a detailed and visually engaging 23-Google slide presentation focused on the impact of tobacco use. Aligned with California State Standards (adaptable to other state standards), this lesson covers the harmful effects of tobacco on the body and brain, the benefits of abstaining, and the social and legal implications of tobacco use.



Educational Objectives:

  • Tobacco's Impact: Explain tobacco's effects on the body and brain.
  • Consequences of Use: Analyze the health and social consequences of tobacco products.
  • Abstinence Benefits: Describe the advantages of staying tobacco-free.



Key Terms: Cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, smokeless tobacco, hookah, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, cancer risks, reproductive health, oral health, heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, fertility issues, cleft lip, cleft palate, gum disease, addiction, cognitive function, nicotine, quitting strategies.



Interactive and Adaptable Activities:

  • Informative Videos: Explore the effects of smoking with videos like "Chemicals in Cigarettes" and "How Smoking a Pack a Day for 30 Days Wrecks Your Lungs."
  • Discussion Prompts: Encourage critical thinking and conversation.
  • Real-Life Stories: CDC's "Tips from a Former Smoker - Terrie’s Story."
  • The Cost of Smoking Assignment: A comprehensive activity examining the financial, social, and health impacts of smoking.
  • Kahoot: Interactive quiz to reinforce learning.



Exclusive Feature - The Cost of Smoking Assignment:

  • Objective: Illuminate the multifaceted costs of smoking, from financial to health impacts.
  • Components: Google Slide deck, answer key, financial cost calculations, reflective questions, social impact exploration, physical health evaluation, mental impact assessment.
  • User-Friendly Design: Accessible via Google Slides, PowerPoint, and in a printable format.



Teacher Support and Customization:

  • Teacher's Guide: Talking points, guides, ideas, and essential questions in the “notes” section of the slides.
  • Fully Editable: Customize to suit your classroom needs and teaching style.




Flexible Usage:

  • Stand-Alone or Series Integration: This lesson (lesson 3) can be used individually or as part of an 8-lesson unit.



Copyright Information:

  • Copyright © Not Your Mama's Health Teacher. All rights reserved by the author.
  • License: Purchase allows for single teacher use only. Sharing is prohibited.
  • Usage Rights: Classroom duplicates are permitted. Redistributing, editing, selling, or Internet posting without password protection is strictly prohibited and subject to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.



This comprehensive lesson on tobacco educates students on its harmful effects and the benefits of abstinence, employing a variety of engaging and thought-provoking activities to ensure a deep understanding and lasting impact.


Total Pages

31 pages

Answer Key




  • View a preview of this lesson and assignment HERE 

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