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Viewing Ideas


Before Watching

  1. What do students think happens when cigarettes burn? How do their ingredients affect the body? What makes cigarettes addictive? Write students' responses on the chalkboard.

  2. Organize students into five groups. Assign each group one of the following aspects of the program. As students watch, have group members take notes on their assigned topic of:

    • what experiments industry scientists undertook to make a safe cigarette.

    • how industry scientists used the data from their experiments.

    • how inhaled smoke affects the body's systems.

    • how cigarette advertising evolved.

    • what governmental regulatory and legal oversight of the industry has been.

After Watching

  1. Have group members meet to review their notes on their assigned topics. Have each group decide on five critical points about their topic. Discuss their observations and list their responses on the chalkboard. Which facts in the program surprised students most? Which areas would they like more information about?

  2. Continue the discussion with the questions that follow. Can a safe cigarette be made? Should one be made? How would people know whether cigarettes were actually safer? What kind of evidence would people need to have to convince them that a safer cigarette exists?

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