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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Smoking? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about Smoking.



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by Kim Gosselin, Thom Buttner
Maddie and Alex prepare for their school health report about smoking, and learn from Maddie's grandfather why he started smoking and why he hasn't quit. The story stresses the importance of never using tobacco products and the dangers of passive smoke, particularly to children with asthma and allergies. This book has received positive reviews from the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, and many health car professionals.

This collection of stories and interviews is the result of a simple question: "Why won't you start smoking?" Readers won't feel like they are being preached down to, because the anti-tobacco message is being delivered by kids just like them. The stories, based on life experiences and observations, are diverse, personal, and smart -- sometimes painful, sometimes funny. The ten reasons include the poor health of parents who smoke, addiction, self-image, and relationships. Our young contributors also bring up issues that kids might not consider, such as how cigarettes affect one's personal appearance, athletic performance, and bank account. The media's portrayal of smoking and the unscrupulous marketing tactics used by tobacco companies are also discussed. The stories are complemented by hip, edgy illustrations, examples of anti-tobacco activism, quotes from nonsmoking celebrities, and sidebars that present the ugly truth about cigarettes. Ages 9-12.

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by Tim Brenneman
Jimmie Boogie Learns About Smoking (3rd edition) educates children about the prevention of tobacco use. The book was edited by Dr. Bonnie Hedrick and Mr. Robert Canning of the Ohio Prevention Educational Resource Center/Safe Schools Center. Children easily identify with the characters in this true-to-life, captivating story and learn about addiction and the consequences of smoking cigarettes.

by Margaret O. Hyde, John F. Setaro
The authors offer a straightforward discussion and maintain a direct and nonjudgmental tone. They do not condemn smokers; they put smoking on trial. They look at its tangible effects such as lung cancer, heart attacks, ulcers, and bad breath and also devote space to the intangibles. The authors provide background on many different types of tobacco products, the nature of tobacco advertising, and the industry in this country and worldwide. Readers should come away with a realistic representation of smoking and tobacco-product use and how they affect the body. The message is clear, the facts are well-presented, and the tone is insightful. These authors understand the teen audience and how to reach it. Grade 7-up. (School Library Journal)

by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia B. Silverstein, Laura Silverstein Nunn
It's no joke. Smoking is a killer. This book discusses the health risks associated with smoking, explains how smoking harms the body, and offers tips on how to break the habit, or avoid it all together. Topics addressed include
--- Smoking stinks!
--- The heart and lungs
--- What's in a cigarette?
--- What's wrong with smoking?
--- Why do people smoke?
--- It's quitting time.

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