Coloring sheets to teach kids about smoking

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Coloring sheets to teach kids about smoking
Teach young children the dangers of smoking. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Young children can learn the dangers and consequences of smoking at an early age by using colouring and worksheets. Colouring sheets show kids the damage smoking does to the smoker's body and the environment. In addition to colouring the lungs of a smoker next to the lungs of a nonsmoker, children can draw pictures of activities to do instead of smoking or how a realistic cigarette advertisement might look.

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The World's Fastest Clown offers a colouring sheet that depicts a person, with visible lungs. The lungs are separated into sides A and B, and kids are instructed to colour the A section as if it were a healthy lung and the B section like a smoker's lung. A nonsmoker's lung is pink because it has good blood flow and is healthy. To colour the smoker's lung, the kids use grey and black to represent the nicotine and tar that has built up.

Pollution Inside the Body

Teacher Vision offers children a one-page worksheet that depicts what smoking does to a smoker's lungs, mouth and nose. The diagram explains how smoking destroys the delicate cells of the nose and tongue. This means a nonsmoker has a better sense of taste and smell than a smoker. A person's profile is pictured on the left side of the worksheet, and a smaller picture of a person's mouth and tongue is on the bottom right. The taste buds responsible for tasting sweet, sour, salty and bitter are marked out on the tongue.

Pollution Outside the Body

Smoking does not just affect the smoker. Teacher Vision, makers of the worksheet depicting pollution inside the body, also produce a free worksheet with pictures of things that create pollution outside the body. Kids can colour in the different causes of pollution, including an aeroplane, factory, car, cigarette and spaceship, and fill in the missing letters to name each object in the space below the picture. Out of all the items shown, the cigarette is the only one that does not serve a purpose. You can drive a car, fly in a plane and build things in a factory. A cigarette can only be smoked, polluting the smoker's body and the air.

Smoking Stinks

In Utah, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health runs the Learn to Live Healthy Living program, including an antismoking website called Smoking Stinks with a four-page worksheet to teach kids about smoking.

The first page has the picture of a mouth, and kids can colour a smoker's gums and teeth. A smoker usually has yellowed teeth from the nicotine and grey gums from poor blood circulation.

The second page asks kids to write what their bodies would say, if they could talk and were forced to breathe in second-hand smoke. The kids can also colour in the cartoon characters at the top of the page.

The third page has cartoon characters who are flying a kite and riding a skateboard, respectively. The instructions read: "Draw a picture of something fun you can do instead of using chewing tobacco. The possibilities are endless..."

The fourth page describes how much money the tobacco industry spends on commercials trying to persuade young people that smoking is cool. There is a picture of a television set that kids can colour and space on the screen to draw a realistic tobacco commercial.

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