Smoking Prevention Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

This lesson plan explores smoking prevention methods and treatment options. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • discuss the disadvantages of smoking and tobacco use.
  • identify prevention methods for youth and adults.
  • create a smoking prevention campaign


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1.a

Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1.b

Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.6

Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.



  • Begin this lesson by polling students and asking them if they know someone who smokes.
  • Then ask them to discuss some of the health risks associated with smoking.
  • Now, tell them this lesson explores the use of tobacco, prevention methods, and treatment.
  • Distribute the Tobacco Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs lesson, start the video, pause at 02:38, then start the following discussion:
    • Based on the video, what is the best way to turn people against tobacco use?
    • Discuss the prevention methods utilized in educational institutions.
    • How have laws impacted the abuse of tobacco?
    • The cost of using tobacco has increased, explain how prices have been a deterrent.
    • Describe the purpose of smoking bans and its effect.
  • Now, restart the video, play until the end, then pose these discussion points:
    • Describe the self-medication treatment methods available for smokers.
    • Explain the benefits of treatment centers.
    • What is behavioral therapy?
  • Now, show the lesson quiz and asks students to write down the answer, then review.

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