Lesson Plan

Tobacco Labels - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 6 to 9

Author: This lesson has been adapted from Smoke-Free for Life, a smoking prevention curriculum supplement from the Nova Scotia Department of Health, Drug Dependency and Tobacco Control Unit.


In this lesson, students debate the effectiveness of health warning labels on tobacco products. They begin by looking at different warning labels from around the world, and then focus specifically on Canada’s new visual warning labels. Students discuss the elements of effective warning labels, and look at the difficulties of reaching young people with health messages.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • an awareness of the government’s role in protecting people’s health
  • an understanding of the challenges in reaching young people with health messages
  • an appreciation of the design elements of effective warning labels

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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