Lesson 8: Tobacco

Looking at the risks of smoking and beginning to understand the benefits of being a non-smoker.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

To begin to understand the risks of smoking and the benefits of being a non smoker

Statutory guidance

Pupils should know:

  • The facts about legal and illegal harmful substances and associated risks, including smoking, alcohol use and drug-taking.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should focus just on the benefits of being a non-smoker. They might also need more support if they have a member of their family who smokes.

Pupils working at greater depth: Give the opportunity to think in more detail about how they might try and persuade someone to give up smoking. Make sure they understand that people probably know the long term health risks and therefore there might be other things which would influence them more for example the money they would save.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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