The Truth About Tobacco - An Anti-Smoking Anti-Tobacco Family Educational Video for teen & youth smoking prevention - Grades 6 - 12
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Acclaimed as the best and most up-to-date educational video for teen tobacco prevention, The Truth About Tobacco is an award-winning classic, empowering youth to stay tobacco, e-cigarette and drug free. A class discussion guide for teachers or parents is included. For grades 6 - 12. The video stars Patrick Reynolds, the anti-smoking grandson of tobacco company founder R.J. Reynolds (Camels, Winstons). He motivates and inspires youth, and the DVD is packed with award-winning TV spots, live talk, film clips, photos and graphics. This multimedia presentation emphasizes the addictiveness of nicotine. Reynolds tells the moving story of watching his father die from smoking as a boy, and then points out that 90% of smokers become addicted before reaching age 19. “The tobacco industry knows almost no one starts after 19, and that’s why they’ve targeted teens in numerous ad campaigns,” Reynolds says. Past ads are shown for Camels with candy flavorings, and special edition KOOL packages with hip hop artists, DJ's and a youth party on the package. Ads for e-cigarettes are also shown. Reynolds opens young eyes to smoking in movies, and points out that stars who glamorize tobacco use are setting a bad example for kids, who often look up to them as heroes. He provides a clear formula for saying no, and stresses the importance of talking to others about problems, and not isolating. In an age of uncertainty, Reynolds cites a study that says today's teens are worried about the future. "Teens who don't believe they have a bright future are more likely to start smoking. So catch my faith," he says, "that the future holds wondrous things for you! You will need your health, every precious bit of it, for the amazing future ahead. So don't smoke, don't drink, and don't use drugs!" Reynolds concludes The Truth About Tobacco with his promise of a coming tobacco free society. "It's coming because of you," he says. "You are the future, and I believe in you."
I have recently reviewed and evaluated a tobacco use prevention video that I would like to tell you about, The Truth About Tobacco, which features Patrick Reynolds. He is a grandson of RJ Reynolds, and a renowned tobacco prevention speaker at schools throughout the nation. This video, which shows a live talk to high school students by Mr. Reynolds, is a compelling and honest overview of the health problems caused by tobacco. The video is an excellent fit with our high school unit on tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. It meets all of our factual information objectives on tobacco use. It is the best and most up-to-date video on the topic of teen and adult tobacco use. It has no weaknesses! In my opinion, after viewing many similar videos, it is the best video available. As a result of our review and evaluation, we are purchasing this video for all of our high schools. We are also thinking of bringing Patrick Reynolds in to speak to our students live and are now exploring getting sponsorship through the local County health department and/or our local hospitals. Evidently hospitals like cosponsoring, because he gets good local media coverage, which builds goodwill for them. I feel so positive about this program that I wanted to share this information with you. --Russell Henke, Evaluator of Health Education materials, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County, MD
This video was so effective, we're buying one for every school in our district. It will be an important part of our new tobacco education campaign. It should be in every middle and high school library. --Linda Currier, Safe and Drug Free Schools, Eagle Mountain School District, Fort Worth, TX
Highly recommended. Patrick Reynolds the grandson of tobacco mogul RJ Reynolds is amazingly effective in this video. Drawing on his natural charisma and the weight of his family name, Reynolds delivers a message that is both persuasive and empowering. Going beyond the usual anti-smoking patter to focus on the root causes of teenage smoking targeted advertising and peer pressure Reynolds paints tobacco pushers as corporate adults deliberately hoodwinking kids into trying cigarettes or snuff. Talking about positive thinking and motivation, Reynolds acknowledges adolescent fears and desires, and tells his audience bluntly that sure, teen life is painful, but the ongoing struggle shapes character. Part One: 18 minutes, Part Two: 20 minutes Discussion Guide. --Video Librarian, The Video Review Magazine for Libraries