In this section, students explore their relationships with others. The activities focus on peer relationships and how peer pressure, influence, and acceptance affect their lives. There are also activities on refusal skills to help equip students with strategies for saying "no."
In this activity, students will demonstrate what they’ve learned about the health consequences of tobacco use and the refusal skills presented in previous activities to create illustrations about saying “no.” This will help you reinforce the message and assess students’ understanding of the material.
Share the digital activity link. Then, have students work independently or with a partner to complete the activity.
When students have completed the activity, have them present and explain their illustrations to the class.
For the “Draw It!” section, brainstorm topics with your students to get them thinking about other common situations they encounter to which they can apply the refusal skills they’ve learned.
Have students share their “Draw It!” illustrations and then post them on a bulletin board under the heading “When Saying ‘No” Is the Way to Go.”
Students need to be equipped with skills to refuse tobacco offers. They should also be aware of policies, rules, and laws that relate to tobacco use and possession in your area. According to the CDC: “Tobacco-free policies involving the school’s faculty, staff, and students have a critical role in reducing tobacco use among young people, especially when these policies apply to all school facilities, property, vehicles, and school-sponsored events.15
Have your students work in groups to research and report back to the class on the following: