Taking science on the road to create a tobacco-free generation

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24 workshops in four days reaching 600 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 and to protect their breathing, they must receive accurate information about the associated risks, as well as the benefits of choosing a tobacco-free life-style.

The Lung Association – Ontario, in partnership with Mad Science of Hamilton & Kitchener, a leading science enrichment provider, is bringing a highly interactive demonstration, Be Tobacco Free, to 24 Grade 4 classrooms across Sault Ste. Marie from June 13 to 16. This program graphically shows the health risks of tobacco use. Through these science experiments, children experience, first-hand, the unpleasant and unhealthy aspects of smoking.

“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, says George Habib, President & CEO of The Lung Association – Ontario. “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.”

In these workshops students will see the impact of second-hand smoke by collecting smoke inside a chamber to see how much is produced from one cigarette. They will participate in 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. They will also create sticky black tar and learn how it affects your breathing.

In Ontario, 13,000 people die each year as a result of tobacco-related illnesses – the number one cause of preventable death and disease. Educating our children on this issue increases the potential of them becoming a tobacco-free generation.