Imagine you could be part of the reason why a teenager decided not to smoke.
A reason they did not become addicted to nicotine.
A reason they did not inhale 4,000 chemicals with each cigarette.
A reason they did not compromise their lung development and breathing.
A reason they did not become a statistic.
By being a donor to The Lung Association, you are part of the reason.
A 2015 Youth Smoking Survey found that 9 per cent of Ontario youth in grades 7 to 12 have tried smoking – even one puff.
This past year, The Lung Association – Ontario began a new partnership with Mad Science of Hamilton & Kitchener, a leading science enrichment provider, and is now bringing a highly interactive demonstration, Be Tobacco Free, to Grade 4 classrooms across Ontario. This program for groups of children graphically shows the health risks of tobacco use. Through these science experiments, children experience, first-hand, the unpleasant and unhealthy aspects of smoking. The content of the workshop directly aligns with the Ministry of Education’s curriculum guidelines.
What these students see and do:
- The impact of second-hand smoke by collecting smoke inside the smoking chamber to see how much smoke is produced from one cigarette
- A simulation of the effects of nicotine on the heart and circulatory system – experiencing what occurs when less oxygen is supplied to the heart and rest of the body
- How sticky black tar residue clogs your lungs, using GIANT arteries as a demonstration.
In Ontario, 13,000 people die each year as a result of tobacco-related illnesses – the number one cause of preventable death and disease.
We must continue to educate our children on the dangers of tobacco use as it’s a powerful addiction that is very difficult to break. The stronger the impact we can have with children at this age, the less likely they will experiment with and possibly become addicted to tobacco later on. Today’s children have the potential to become a tobacco-free generation – and because of donors like you, we can make that a reality.
To date, we have been able to provide Be Tobacco Free workshops to 129 classes in the Hamilton-Kitchener area, reaching more than 2,500 grade 4 students.
Research tells us that the longer we can delay tobacco use in a person’s life, the less likely it is they will start smoking. To help ensure that young people make healthy choices about tobacco use, they must receive accurate information about the risks associated with its use as well as the benefits of choosing a tobacco-free life-style.