Have students create a PowerPoint about the dangers of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices (ESDs) as a class or a group project and present to younger audiences within the school. Go to the Fast Facts page for up-to-date information.
Create a Graffiti/Pledge Wall
Cover a wall with white paper and have kids write anti-nicotine graffiti on it, or use it as a pledge wall and see how many kids you can get to sign their names as a promise not to use tobacco.
Door Decorating Contest
Have homeroom classrooms (students and teachers) decorate their classroom door with anti-tobacco or electronic smoking device messages.
Got a regular group event?
Make it a nicotine-free activity. Planning a dance? Make it a nicotine-free celebration. On a sports team? Hold a nicotine-free event at a practice or before or after the game.
Have friends for life
Make a friendship bracelet and wear it as a promise that you won’t smoke or vape. Or give it to a friend or family member.
Lights, Camera, Quit!
Write anti-smoking or vaping skits or TV ads and film them with a phone, tablet, digital camera or camcorder. Show them to your group. Send a copy to Learn To Live at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 1 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptable formats are: avi, swf, wmv, mpeg or mov. We may post your video on the Showcase page.
At a designated table display, have pieces of paper for students to write questions about tobacco-use or vaping and answer them throughout the week. Use these during the morning announcements.
Have students create a nicotine-free skit or play to showcase to their peers during lunch or classes. Take a video of it and send it to:
Learn To Live, Anne Arundel County Department of Health
1 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Or email email@example.com. Acceptable formats are: .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI, .WMV. We may post the video on the Nicotine Free Week showcase page.
Make daily announcements giving the nasty facts on smoking or vaping. See the Facts.
Focus on one specific tobacco product each day of Nicotine Free Week and educate students on the dangers of each one. (Example/ Monday: Keep your smile, don’t lose your teeth from smokeless tobacco, Tuesday: Vaping- don’t let the flavors trick you, it is not the safer choice, Wednesday: don’t be fooled by cigars/cigarillos, Thursday: Smoking kills; say no to cigarettes, Friday: Don’t get hooked on hookah, learn the truth.) For more information on these products, go to the Fast Facts page.
Make your own tobacco or vaping wheel by cutting a circle with cardboard and adding a spinner. Type out tobacco or vaping related questions and glue them to the wheel for an interactive game. Check out the Fast Facts page to develop questions.
Supplies are for Anne Arundel County groups only.