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

Option 1:

  • 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.

Option 2:

  • 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

No Thanks to Smoking

  1. Say "No":
    • "No thanks."
    • "I'm not interested."
    • "Being athletic is too important to me."
  2. Change the subject
  3. Tell the truth:
    • "I'm allergic."
    • "Smoking stinks, and it makes you stink too."
    • "Smoking makes your teeth yellow."
  4. Use humour
    • "I can't smoke. I'd never make it past my mom's smoke detector: her nose!"
  5. 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."
  6. Provide other options:
    • "I'd rather beat you at basketball!"
    • "How about seeing a movie instead?"
  7. Leave
  8. 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!"

Revised: Thursday February 21 2019

Privacy Service Commitment

Smaller Text Larger Text

A-Z List | Accessible Info | Careers | Contact Us

Random Image

Regional Government

  • News