Bowling Green Students Learn About The Hazards Of Tobacco

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Bowling Green Elementary School fifth-graders learned about the hazards of tobacco during a “Tobacco Control” assembly led by nurses from the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore University Hospital.

Organized by Bowling Green social worker Steven Sacks, fifth-graders gathered in the school’s all-purpose room to learn about the various forms of tobacco, chemicals added to cigarettes, the addictive drug nicotine and ways to live a healthy lifestyle.

During the assembly, North Shore nurses Andrea Spartamella and Christine Fardellone engaged students in activities that taught them about the detrimental effects that smoking tobacco has on their health. Students compared the labels of a pack of cigarettes and a bag of popcorn, learning that cigarette packs do not contain a list of ingredients. In another activity, students were given a visual of the chemicals found in a cigarette by pulling out objects representing the dangerous substances from a giant plastic cigarette. Objects included mothballs, a miniature racecar to symbolize carbon monoxide and a bottle of Clorox to represent ammonia.

Concluding the assembly, the students discussed ways to help people quit smoking, stand up to peer pressure, and keep the heart healthy by avoiding sugar, eating balanced meals and exercising for 60 minutes every day.