Smoking Prevention

Smoking Prevention


To explain the facts about smoking, tobacco and nicotine. This is an informational presentation for 6-12th graders about the dangers of smoking.

What Happens When You Smoke?

Smoking puts nicotine into the body. We know the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive, can slow brain development in teens and affect memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention and mood. It also increases the risk of other types of addiction later in life.


  • Tobacco smoke can make hair and clothes stink
  • Tobacco stains teeth and causes bad breath
  • Short-term use of spit tobacco can cause cracked lips, white spots, sores and bleeding in the mouth
  • Surgery to remove oral cancers caused by tobacco use can lead to serious changes in the face

What We Teach

  • What is tobacco?
  • What is nicotine?
  • Effects of smoking
  • Secondhand smoking
  • The results of other forms of tobacco use

What We Provide

  • An informative learning activity
  • A safe question-and-answer time for students

Details of the Program

  • Target Grades: 6th thru 12th
  • Length of Program: Flexible duration
  • This program can be modified and presented to adults

Our Partners

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital partners with the following to provide this program:

  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • AHEC Tobacco Training and Cessation Program
  • The Tobacco Prevention Program of Florida DOH-Broward County

Contact UsSafe Kids Broward County

Our Partners in Education Programs are coordinated by Memorial Community Relations. Please call 954-276-1250 for more information or complete this form to request a program.