Teacher Resources - Primary

Traditionally, smoking prevention has been used as a context for delivering Health and Physical Education content. However, smoking is more than just a health issue – it has been shown to affect mental health and cognitive function, and has wider social and economic implications for the community. Incorporating smoking prevention in other learning areas such as English, Humanities and Social Sciences or Science, can introduce these varied effects, lead to reinforcement through repetition, and be even more relevant and interesting to children.

Meta-analysis on the effectiveness of classroom tobacco education programs in Australia has found that those which used interactive learning strategies, applied at appropriate ages, were significantly and practically effective in the short and longer term[1], preventing or delaying the onset of smoking amongst young people. Upper primary school is considered one of the most critical time and windows of opportunity.[2]

Suitable for use with primary school students, these education resources include support material for teachers, and are aligned with the Western Australian Curriculum. Please scroll down to find the relevant year group activities.

Challenges and Choices Year 3 - drug education SDERA's Challenges and Choices Year 3 - Drug Education - Tobacco

Challenges and Choices Year 4 - drug education SDERA's Challenges and Choices Year 4 - Drug Education - Tobacco

Challenges and Choices Year 5 - drug education SDERA's Challenges and Choices Year 5 - Drug Education - Tobacco

Challenges and Choices Year 6 - drug education SDERA's Challenges and Choices Year 6 - Drug Education - Tobacco

References:

[1] Tobler N and Stratton H, quoted in Scollo, MM and Winstanley, MH. Tobacco in Australia: Facts and issues. Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria; 2016. Available from www.TobaccoInAustralia.org.au

[2] Lloyd C, Joyce R, Hurry J and Ashton M 2000 quoted in Scollo, MM and Winstanley, MH. Tobacco in Australia: Facts and issues. Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria; 2016. Available from www.TobaccoInAustralia.org.au