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Discussion: Part I:
How does government function in
Judicial: Interprets the laws. The judicial branch includes: the Ohio Supreme Court, Court of Claims and Court of Judiciary bodies. These judiciary bodies include: county common pleas courts, municipal courts and courts of appeal.
•Our Lieutenant Governor represents which figure in the Federal Government? (The Vice President)
•There is the US Supreme Court and the Ohio Supreme Court.
How are they different? (The
•The Ohio General Assembly is similar to what federal body? (Congress)
Discussion: Part II:
How can citizens participate in government and the legislative process?
•Write a letter to their City Council, School Board, State Representative, Senator or House Representative.
•Attend a City Council meeting and present your case
•Attend a School Board meeting and present your case
•Call an elected leader
What is a ballot? A ballot is the form in which a vote is recorded.
What is a petition? A petition is a formal request that is signed by people who agree with it and is given to a person of authority.
The third way to participate in government and the legislative process is to run for an elected office. This will mean that you will always be able to contribute to the law- making process. You will vote to pass laws that you may have helped create.
Most importantly, adult citizens can vote! Voting is a right that people, including women and minorities, fought very hard to have. Citizens are afforded this right when they reach eighteen years of age. At this point, the government feels that you are old enough to make an informed decision. As an adult, it’s your responsibility to be an active part of elections.
Discussion: Part III: Secondhand Smoke
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What is secondhand smoke? Secondhand smoke is a combination of the smoke that comes from the end of the cigarette that is burning and the smoke that is breathed out by the smoker(s).
Who is affected by secondhand smoke? Everyone! It does not matter if you are young or old, healthy or unhealthy, secondhand smoke can cause severe health problems.
Why is secondhand smoke dangerous? Secondhand smoke contains poisons. (In other words, it’s toxic) The same harmful chemicals that are found in cigarettes can be found in secondhand smoke. Breathing in this smoke can damage your health and also lead to certain cancers.
More specifically, it contains:
•Cancer causing chemicals: Formaldehyde, Benzene, Polonium-210, Vinyl Chloride
•Poison Gases: Carbon Monoxide, Hydrogen Cyanide, Butane, Ammonia, Toluene
•Toxic Metals: Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, Chromium
Other health effects besides cancer that secondhand smoke can cause:
•Itchy, watery eyes
•Onset of Asthma attacks (for those with Asthma)
•Irritated skin, nose and throat
1. Avoid being around smokers. Do not allow smoking in your home, car or any other enclosed area.
2. Do not hang around people who smoke.
3. Do not go to restaurants or other public places where smoking is allowed.
•Smoking is banned in most public places.