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How to Live
It’s not too early to speak to grades 3–5 students about tobacco. A recent national survey showed that five percent of eighth graders had tried their first cigarette by the end of fifth grade. Another study suggested that tobacco education in elementary school can decrease future smoking rates.
Use this health and science program to help build a tobacco-free future generation while reinforcing ELA skills in scientific literacy, health, reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MMWR: (2015) “Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2011–2014.” Crone et al., Prev Med: (2011) “Does a Smoking Prevention Program in Elementary Schools Prepare Children for Secondary School?”
As you may know, cigarette smoking rates among youth are dropping, but cigarette use still occurs.
Also, use of products such as e-cigarettes and hookah have actually gone up. In a 2014 study,
one in 13 middle school students reported using one or more tobacco products in the last 30 days.
Studies have shown that school-based programs can help reduce the number of kids who use tobacco
products. Teach the grades 6–7 materials below to help build a tobacco-free future generation—while
reinforcing skills in scientific literacy, health, reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking.
Also, encourage your students to enter the Stay Smart About Tobacco Poster Contest for a chance to win great prizes!
ADDITIONAL TEACHER OPPORTUNITY: Evaluate this program and be entered to receive
Scholastic gift certificates and books! See below.
TEACHERS: Evaluate This Program for a Chance to Receive
Scholastic Gift Certificates and Books!
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Sources: Johnston et al.: (2014) “Monitoring the Future National Survey, 1975–2013—Vol. 1.” CDC, MMWR: (2015) “Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2011–2014.” Crone et al., Prev Med: (2011) “Does a Smoking Prevention Program In Elementary Schools Prepare Children for Secondary School?”
The Stay Smart About Tobacco
Create an original poster that motivates kids to
stay smart about tobacco and keep tobacco-free.
Enter for a chance to win a trip to a national youth
conference in Texas, as well as gift cards for
students and teachers!
The 2016 contest is
now closed for entries.
Download the contest entry
page and submit by mail.
Each teacher can upload
JPGs or PDFs of his/her
students’ entries online.
Students are not allowed to
upload entries directly.
A 4-day/3-night trip to
the “Say What!” tobacco
conference in Montgomery,
Texas. This is a fun-filled
training and networking
event for students.
Ten (10) Runner-Up Student Winners will receive a
$200 American Express® Gift Card.
$1,050 in gift cards and Scholastic gift certificates will
be given to teachers of winning students.