Saying "No" to Tobacco Activity Sheet
For Grade 5
- To provide students the opportunity to practise their refusal techniques.
What would you do if someone asked you to smoke or vape? Saying something smart or funny can be a good way to say "no" to smoking.
Activity – three options
- Divide students into pairs.
- One student has 5 minutes to convince the other student to have a cigarette or e-cigarette.
- Students must think of ways to refuse the cigarette or e-cigarette.
- Review the comments made by the students.
- Divide students into small groups (3-5 people).
- Have students role-play a scenario involving a student(s) refusing a cigarette or e-cigarette from a peer group.
- Review the refusal technique used and discuss other possible examples.
Option 3 (if applicable):
- Invite student leaders from older grades (grade 7 or 8) to facilitate this activity.
- Activities led by trained peer leaders can influence perceptions and social norms that encourages tobacco prevention.
Background information for teachers
- There are many different refusal techniques. Some techniques will work well for some students, while others will need a different approach.
- Encourage students to practise the technique that works best for them.
Strategies to resist the pressures to smoke
- Say "No":
- "No thanks."
- "I'm not interested."
- "Being athletic is too important to me."
- Change the subject
- Tell the truth:
- "I'm allergic."
- "Smoking stinks, and it makes you stink too."
- "Smoking makes your teeth yellow."
- Use humour
- "I can't smoke. I'd never make it past my mom's smoke detector: her nose!"
- Give a reason:
- "I don't want to smoke. Besides, it makes you smell bad."
- "I'm not going to smoke/vape. It's bad for you."
- "I promised my sister that I'd never smoke/vape."
- "I'm on the basketball team. I need all the air I can get."
- Provide other options:
- "I'd rather beat you at basketball!"
- "How about seeing a movie instead?"
- Tell a story:
- "No thanks, my brother got really sick on that stuff once. It was disgusting."
- "My grandma died from smoking. I don't want that to happen to me or you!"