Using the "Smoking isn't Cool" Toolkit

The "Smoking isn't Cool" toolkit was created to provide teachers with smoking prevention teaching material for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 across Peel Region. The toolkit was developed to supplement Ontarioís Health and Physical Education curriculum. The toolkit includes a variety of hands-on educational activities aimed to illustrate the harmful effects of smoking and commercial tobacco use to students.

*Commercial tobacco: refers to tobacco industry products (i.e. cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and spit tobacco), which differs from the use of traditional or ceremonial tobacco in Indigenous cultural practices (National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, 2013).

Guidelines for use

About the newly-revised toolkit

"Smoking isn't Cool":

A lot has changed in the world of tobacco since our last revision. New to the toolkit are two additional teacher resources:

  • A Myths and Facts handout for addressing many misconceptions that people have about smoking and vaping.
  • A Parent letter to inform parents/guardians that their child will be learning about the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco use.

Guidelines for use

"Smoking isn't Cool" offers teachers a sample lesson plan, support tools and materials to help you teach smoking prevention to students in Kindergarten to Grade 5. While the activities are designed and intended for specific grades, you know your students best. Choose the activities you think your students will enjoy.

The toolkit includes interactive activities and visual displays to engage students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 in learning about the negative health effects of tobacco use. A sample lesson plan along with activities are provided, but can be tailored to needs of the classroom. Choose the activities you think your students will enjoy.

Elementary schools or Kindergarten to Grade 5 teachers across Peel Region can loan the toolkit for up to two weeks. The toolkit is currently available in English.

Need more information?
Call the Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Caledon residents call free of charge at 905-584-2216

Revised: Wednesday March 06 2019

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