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.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Freddie Awards: Finalist
In this anti-tobacco film, Josie, a high school student, shows her computer-based health project to friends. Visuals include clips of yellow teeth, dripping phlegm, a jar of tar, hairy tongues, diseased lungs, cancerous tumors, and other gross effects of tobacco use. Dark humor infiltrates the seriousness of tobacco addiction, particularly in debunking advertisements promoting tobacco use. The students who use tobacco are captured in Josie’s program spitting out chew, repulsing others with stinking breath, and puffing away. When confronted by the screen images of themselves, the users assure the others that they’re not addicted, just as one would expect. The film captures a realistic exchange among the students who want their friends to quit. Graphic visuals of the side effects of tobacco use and interviews with those who have needed disfiguring surgeries on the neck, tongue, and other parts of the body convey the message without preaching. Each of the medical conditions is indexed and accessible in the DVD’s initial menu. The teacher’s guide and worksheets reinforce the dangers of tobacco use with excellent activity ideas and details for putting together a ”Disgusting Tobacco Gross Out Fair.” Even the most jaded young tobacco users will be grossed out by this excellent film and, hopefully, encouraged to quit.
- Robin Levin, Fort Washakie School/Community Library, WY