Tobacco Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is tobacco and what does it do to the human body? A video lesson helps to explain this as an activity helps students examine real cases of tobacco use. For ongoing instruction, consider our recommendations for related lessons and extensions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what tobacco is
  • outline the physical effects and outcomes of tobacco use
  • summarize legal cases involving tobacco


1 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.


Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.

Key Vocabulary

  • Tobacco
  • Nicotine


  • Begin by asking students to raise their hands if someone they know uses tobacco.
  • For those who raised their hands, ask them to explain how it is used by that person.
  • Now ask them to consider what tobacco is and the products that contain it, listing their ideas on the board.
  • Now play the video lesson Tobacco Use & Health, pausing at 1:27.
  • Was any information missing from the students' previous discussion on tobacco? If so, fill it in now.
  • Ask students why tobacco is considered dangerous, again listing their key points on the board.
  • Play the rest of the video lesson for the class now.
  • Did they effectively discuss the dangers of tobacco? Did the video lesson provide additional information? If so, add it to the board and discuss it now.

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