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IGG INVESTIGATE and EXPLORE: Choice Challenge 35

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Learn about the effects of smoking


- Paper for each Six
- Markers and pencils


To discuss the risks to health of smoking, especially for young people.

Start with a brainstorming session to discuss if any members of their family are smokers. Do they know when they started smoking?

Get the Brownies to discuss in their Sixes the health issues of smoking. Think of ways to encourage someone who smokes to give up smoking. Get each Six to come up with reasons why someone who smokes should give up smoking.

Get each Six to share their reasons and see if they are the same/different. Here are some facts:
· Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco related disease
· Smokers are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as non-smokers
· Passive smoking is breathing in other people’s smoke. Children and older people are most at risk from exposure to passive smoking. Passive smoking can cause heart disease, stroke, cancers, asthma in children, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and middle ear infections
· In each cigarette there are 4,000 chemicals including 60 chemicals which are known to cause cancer - there is a diagram in the attached file


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