Explanation of the activity:
Students should be given the opportunity to practice their communication skills with their classmates. Role playing gives the students a chance to say NO in an unthreatening environment. It also gives them the opportunity to give each other feedback.
Note: This activity may be done on a separate day if time is a concern.
The following questions will help to summarize the activity:
Scenario One: How did Brian try to convince Franco to try his brother’s cigarettes? What did Franco do that was really good in response? What else could either person have done?
Scenario Two: What was good about the ending the group came up with? What would have happened to the adults if they had been caught buying the cigarettes for the boys? What would have happened if the boys had been caught smoking?
Scenario Three: What was good about the ending the group came up with? Is it true that baseball players use real chewing tobacco? (No, they are banned from doing so.) Is chewing tobacco healthier than cigarettes? (No, it can lead to just as many health problems as cigarettes. No tobacco is safe.)
Scenario Four: How should you deal with telling an adult about a situation where you find someone you know and love smoking? What was good about the group’s ending?