Teacher Resources - Secondary
Traditionally, smoking prevention has been used as a context for achieving Health and Physical Education Learning Area Outcomes. 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, Media and Society and the Environment, can introduce these varied effects, lead to reinforcement through repetition, and be even more relevant and interesting to young people.
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, preventing or delaying the onset of smoking amongst young people. Early secondary school is considered one of the most critical time windows of opportunity.
Suitable for use with lower secondary school students, these education resources include support material for teachers, and are aligned with the Western Australian Curriculum and Australian Curriculum. Please scroll down to find the relevant year group activities.