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Learning Activity: Addiction Board Game
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Object of the Game:
*For limited space: Instead of making a life-size board game, use poster board or an overhead projector to make the game board.
1. You drink water instead of pop. You feel full of energy!
2. You run around and are physically active during recess.
3. You stretch before being physically active.
4. You ask your parents to please buy you carrots to snack on instead of potato chips.
5. In your free time, you do not watch a lot of TV. Instead, you play, read or do your favorite hobby.
6. You eat all your vegetables at lunch, even though you do not really like their taste.
7. You try new fruits you have never tried before.
8. You try new sports.
9. You see advertisements on TV and know they are just trying to get you to buy something. They may not be telling the truth.
10. You realize that you have not eaten anything from the fruit group yet today, so you eat an apple instead of a candy bar as a bedtime snack.
11. You saved a lot of money by not buying tobacco products. You saved up enough to buy a toy, clothes or a book you really wanted.
12. When you go to fast food restaurants, you order a side salad with your meal instead of French fries. Salads have lots of nutrients and French fries do not.
i. The most recent numbers on tobacco use among middle school students come from a 2004 survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These numbers have not changed significantly since 2002.
1. About 12% of students reported using some form of tobacco – cigarettes, spit (smokeless) tobacco and snuff, cigars, pipes, and flavored cigarettes like bidis or kreteks/clove cigarettes – at least once in the past month.
2. Cigarettes (about 8%) were the most common type of tobacco used, followed by cigars (about 5%), spit tobacco (about 3%), pipes (about 3%), bidis (about 2%), and kreteks/cloves (about 2%).
i. NO! Snuff is another name for chewing tobacco.
Breaking the Addiction Questions (for
getting out of the Addiction Circles):
Breaking the Addiction Questions (for getting out of the Addiction Circles):
i. Irritable/grouchy, nervous/anxious, restless, fatigued/tired, unable to focus or concentrate, trouble sleeping, cravings, hungrier than usual, headache
i. Never start!
NO! (Answer: Minimum age is 18, in
i. Answer: NO! Stains caused by tobacco will not disappear just by brushing your teeth a lot. A professional and expensive whitening procedure must be used to lessen the stains.
1. You get sores in your mouth.
2. Your teeth yellow.
3. You always have to spit.
4. Your teeth get more cavities.
5. Your breath smells bad.
6. You lose your sense of taste, so everything you eat tastes the same.
7. You lose your sense of smell.