Laura Sharp from ‘Fast Forward Scotland’ gave a presentation to the class on smoking. The class asked lots of questions and engaged in lots of discussion on cigarettes. We discussed the effects of second hand smoke on people, and in particular, the effects on children.
This jar represents the tar that would be in a smoker’s lungs, smoking 10 cigarettes a day for a year. The model represents an artery that has been narrowed from the effects of smoking.
Working in home-teams, the children had to look at cards showing various chemicals and substances and discuss with their group whether they thought each would be found in a cigarette or not.
Bleach, butane, arsenic, methanol, acetic acid, honey, industrial solvents…..the list was endless. Each group discussed and what would/ would not be in a cigarette.
We were shocked to discover that all of the chemicals and substances were found in a cigarette! We learned that there are over 4000 chemicals in a cigarette!
Laura left the class with a task: To design a leaflet to that points out the dangers of second hand smoke in homes and in cars and the benefits of not smoking around children. These designs will be given to Laura to be printed and then distributed to every parent with a child at Elpinstone Primary.