Everything You Need to Know about Tobacco in 22 Minutes
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Running Time: 22 minutes
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This riveting and information-packed video provides a summary of everything students need to know about the dangers of using tobacco. Vividly illustrates the health effects of smoking using interviews of smokers ravaged by cancer, heart disease and lung disease. Identifies the toxic chemicals inhaled in every puff of cigarette smoke, including benzene, arsenic, cyanide, pesticides, carbon monoxide, and ammonia. Details the latest research on the effects of nicotine on the brain and discusses the new scientific findings that nicotine is even more addictive than cocaine. Shows how tobacco companies target young smokers to hook them while they’re young and keep them hooked. Includes interviews with young smokers who describe how they got addicted to tobacco and why it is so difficult to quit. Presents quitting strategies of teens who have succeeded in kicking the habit.
video, Research-Based, teacher’s resource book and student handouts with pre/post test, and bonus lesson plan in digital format
A digital clock counts down the minutes for each section of this no-nonsense program about the deadly consequences of tobacco use. Samara, a teen hostess, also helps transition between the 11 segments beginning with "The Chemistry of Tobacco" that reveals eye-opening facts about the thousands of toxins and chemicals contained in tobacco smoke. "Health Effects" profiles Brendan, a teen whose leg was amputated as a result of poor circulation he developed from smoking. The pre- and post-surgery footage is not for the squeamish. Rick tells how he lost parts of his tongue, jaw, and neck during surgery as a result of cancer caused by smokeless tobacco. It is noted that all forms of tobacco are equally dangerous, including cigars, spit tobacco, snuff, and hookah pipes. Facts about secondhand smoke are subdivided into mainstream and sidestream smoke, particularly harmful in cars and other close spaces. In "Tobacco & the Brain," a neuroscientist from Duke University weighs in about the brain's reward system that aids addictive behaviors, and 3-D images illustrate dopamine's affect on the brain. These pointed interviews relay key ideas that will stay with viewers. Archival television commercials show an era when cigarette smoking was appealing and one brand was even recommended by a doctor. Final segments are devoted to quitting strategies and feature teens who have been successful. This fast-moving, hard-hitting program offers a good introduction to the topic.
- Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
School Library Journal
Recommended This ambitiously titled program might not cover everything someone might want to know about tobacco, but it does provide a pretty compete introduction to the major issues surrounding tobacco use. Aimed at a young adult audience, it starts out explaining the chemistry of tobacco—what’s in that cigarette in addition to the tobacco leaf? It turns out there’s more than 4700 added chemicals many of which are cancer causing and toxic.
This is a natural lead in to the health effects of tobacco use. Practically every organ in the body is affected by the inhalation of tobacco smoke or the chewing of smokeless tobacco. Testimonials from two young men who have lost body parts due to both smoking and smokeless tobacco bring home the “if it happened to me it can happen to you” message. Some of the images of the physical devastation these two men endured are not for the squeamish. The next important message in the video is how tobacco affects the brain including a brief explanation of the brain’s reward center and how teens are especially at risk for fast response and addiction to tobacco. Program content also touches on the financial side of tobacco use both for the tobacco companies and the users. The video ends on an upbeat note, however, by explaining the benefits of quitting and how the body reverses much of the physical damage.
Human Relations Media is known for its collection of well made, concise programs for the young adult education market. This one is no exception, fitting in nicely with their cadre of health and substance abuse topics. The host is vibrant and attractive, there are expert opinions and testimonies and it is all wrapped up in a fast moving, graphically pleasing package—all of which appeal to the target audience. The accompanying Teacher’s Resource Book provides a wealth of strategies for using the video in the classroom, perfectly complementing the 22 minute video introduction. Recommended for secondary school media center collections and college level collections supporting health sciences training and education programs.
- Lori Widzinski, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)