Smoking and Quitting: Clean Air for All
Children worry when they see people they care about doing something dangerous to their health. Smoking and Quitting: Clean Air for All (PDF) is a storybook for use with children in Grades 1 to 5 that will help them find answers to their questions, as well as make it easier for them to talk to teachers, parents, caregivers, and other family members about their thoughts and feelings about smoking. Smoking and Quitting has been awarded Curriculum Services Canada’s (CSC) Seal of Quality. Available in limited quantities and in French.To avoid shipping charges, please order directly from Health Canada, Centre of Addiction and Mental Health. Also available for order or download at www.knowledgex.camh.net.
The Right Time the Right Reasons … Dads Talk about Reducing and Quitting Smoking
This booklet is based on fathers’ experiences of reducing and quitting smoking and is designed for men to further their understanding of the challenges associated with being a father who smokes. Exploring the route to reducing or quitting is the first step in the journey to becoming a smoke-free father. This booklet was designed by the University of British Columbia. Adaptations have been made to meet the needs of Saskatchewan fathers.SKU: 3-314
Tobacco Smoke: The Risk to Unborn Babies, Pregnant Women, and Children
This booklet outlines the problems that can result from smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. Information focuses on the types of smoke, issues in sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy complications, and effects on the newborn, infants, and children. Includes information on how to protect children and pregnant women from the effects of tobacco smoke.Audience: Developed for Professionals
A Smoke-Free Home Right from the Start
Outlines some of the harmful effects smoking and environmental tobacco smoke can have on pregnancy, as well as effects on children. Offers some tips on quitting.
Children Need to Breathe More than You Need to Smoke
This brochure, targeted to parents and caregivers, outlines the health effects of second-hand tobacco smoke on children. Issues presented include ear, throat, and lung infections, asthma, allergies, SIDS, and overall status of health. Support for the development of the brochure was provided from the Tobacco Demand Reduction Strategy Initiative of Health Canada.
Make Your Home and Car Smoke-free: A Guide to Protecting Your Family from Second-Hand Smoke
This booklet talks about the effects about second-hand smoke and the benefits of a smoke-free home and car. There are guidelines to follow to help plan a smoke-free environment for the whole family. This booklet includes a smoke-free space sticker for office or car window and a fridge magnet.Please order this resource directly from www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Electronic Cigarettes – Health and Safety Risks for Children
Fact Sheet, 2016
This fact sheet defines what electronic cigarette devices are and how they can be harmful to the health of children and youth. This resource outlines tips for parents to avoid injury or accidental poisoning from electronic cigarettes.
HIV/AIDS, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use
Fact Sheet, 2012
This fact sheet explains how tobacco use during pregnancy is harmful for both a mother and her unborn child. For women living with HIV/AIDS, smoking tobacco during pregnancy can increase the chances that HIV will be passed to the baby. Websites are listed to help pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to become tobacco free.
Smoking and ETS
Fact Sheet, 2003
This fact sheet outlines the hazards of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) to pregnant women and to children.
Guides and Manuals
Grade 6 Sample Unit on Tobacco: Affirming Personal Standards – Tobacco: Can I Be Healthier?
Guide and Manual, 2015
This online resource includes current information about tobacco, related topics, and provides learning activities for Saskatchewan teachers to use in classroom settings.
To promote further awareness on tobacco prevention, this unit was collaboratively developed to introduce the health and social issues related to tobacco for youth.
Complete with links to other resources, this online unit promotes healthy lifestyles and encourages youth to further explore health behaviours.
Your Choices Matter Facilitator’s Guide
Guide and Manual, 2014
In conjunction with the Your Choices Matter Video, the Facilitator’s Guide can be used to engage youth and communities to have conversations about health and behaviour choices that they are making today to ensure the best health outcome for themselves and their future children. The guide provides background information and several lesson plans, which can be used in the classroom or in a group setting, to address the various topics introduced in the video.
While the Your Choices Matter Video is meant to introduce the topic of infant mortality and health behaviours, the lesson plans are a way to take this a step further. Each lesson addresses common risk factors for infant mortality and can help guide discussion about the impact of these risk factors for youth today and in the future, and for their future children. Each lesson has been linked to the Saskatchewan Curriculum and, where applicable, includes marking rubrics.Download the Your Choices Matter Lesson Plans
Avoid the Heat
Information Card, 2016
Saskatchewan has legislation to protect children from the harms associated with second-hand smoke when in vehicles. This information card is aimed at parents and caregivers. The card outlines the harms associated with second-hand smoke and encourages everyone to make their vehicles smoke-free.SKU: 3-316
HIV/AIDS, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use
Information Card, 2012
This information card explains that for women living with HIV/AIDS, smoking tobacco during pregnancy can increase the chances that HIV will be passed to the baby. Websites are listed to help pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to become tobacco free.SKU: 7-516
Children and Families
Health Care Providers
Teachers and Community Educators
HIV/AIDS, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use
Shares information that quitting smoking can lower the chance of passing HIV to your baby. A tear-away card provides a list of websites to help pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to become tobacco-free.SKU: 7-517
All You Need to Know about Tobacco in 17 Minutes
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death. Viewers learn about the toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke and are alerted to the hazards of second-hand and third-hand smoke. Long-term and short-term health risks are discussed, from shortness of breath to lung cancer. The video emphasizes the unique dangers of smokeless and dissolvable tobacco products including snus. Doctors share details about how nicotine quickly leads to addiction. The video also explores the misleading marketing tactics meant to lure young people into smoking. Several young ex-smokers describe how difficult it is to quit tobacco. Strong non-use message is sure to resonate with young teens.
This video includes 42-Page Teacher's Resource Book.
Audience: Grades 5-9SKU: 3-V-350
Barb Tarbox: A Life Cut Short by Tobacco
Barb Tarbox, a 42-year-old woman from Edmonton, Alberta was diagnosed with Stage Four terminal lung cancer after smoking since grade 7. Refusing to let cigarettes take another life, Barb began speaking to students across Canada warning of the dangers associated with smoking. This video captures the spirit of Barb’s presentations and the passion that characterized the last months of her life.
WARNING: This video contains emotional material regarding Barb Tarbox’s experience with lung cancer, and some content may be disturbing to preteens. Viewer discretion is advised.
Audience: Grades 7‐12.SKU: 3-V-358
E-cigarettes: Facts and Myths – A Safer Alternative or Another Dangerous Habit?
A 16-minute video about the facts and health & safety risks of electronic cigarettes. This video includes a disc with a summary and quiz you can download. The information is presented in clear language and is suitable for grade seven to adult.SKU: 3-V-360
Everything You Need to Know about E-cigarettes, Vaping, and Hookahs
This program offers frequently asked questions about electronic cigarettes and provides evidence about e-cigarettes and vaping. The video addresses beliefs and myths about devices known as e-cigarettes or hookahs. It also provides information about the advertising techniques used by tobacco companies to promote the products. Real teens share their experiences with e-cigarettes.The video includes a PDF copy of teacher’s resource book.
Audience: Grade 7-Post SecondarySKU: 3-V-356
Nicotine and the Brain
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known. This program explains just how nicotine affects the brain and why it is so addicting. Includes a state-of-the-art treatment section as well as a copier-ready handout.SKU: 3-V-361
Sacred Tobacco, Sacred Children
This video is for Aboriginal parents and caregivers. It offers real stories from Aboriginal families who have smoke-free homes. The families talk about the approaches that worked for them. The purpose of the video is to: 1) discuss the impact of second-hand smoke on young families; 2) understand the difference between sacred use of traditional tobacco and recreational use of commercial tobacco; and 3) share strategies to reduce the impact of recreational use of tobacco on children. This video includes a Facilitator’s Guide.SKU: 3-V-359
Stop Smoking Now: Reasons Not to Smoke When You’re Pregnant – I Am Your Child Video Series
When you’re pregnant, everything you eat, drink, and breathe affects your health and your baby’s health. So when you smoke, your baby does too.
Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. When you stop smoking, you:
- Increase the amount of oxygen your baby will get,
- Lower the risk that your baby will be born too early, and
- Increase your chances of having a healthy baby.
No matter how long you have been smoking, quitting smoking also benefits your health, gives you more energy, and lets you feel good about what you’ve done for yourself and your baby. This video provides support, guidance, and information about resources to help you resist the urge to smoke.SKU: 5-V-521
The Totally Disgusting Tobacco Gross out Video
As the title suggests, this video goes for the gross-out factor, presenting students with a graphic look at all things vile and disgusting (and there are many!) about using tobacco products. The story revolves around Josie, a middle school student who is preparing a video on the dangers of tobacco use for a health class assignment, despite the disbelieving attitude from her peers – including her boyfriend, Miguel, a smoker himself. As she develops her video project, she shows her friends clips of hairy tongues, yellow teeth, dripping phlegm, oozing tar, diseased lungs, laryngectomies (neck breathers), wrinkled skin, cancerous tumors, and more, until they just can’t take it anymore. Not for the fainthearted, this video’s imagery will linger long in students’ minds and remind them to never consider using tobacco products.This video includes a 44-Page Teacher's Resource Book.
Audience: Grades 5-9SKU: 3-V-351