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The tobacco industry aggressively markets and sells cigarettes, a product which kills 350 thousand Americans each year. For tobacco companies to maintain their current sales, they must recruit 2.2 million new smokers each year.
Cigarette advertising is aimed at the young. Everyday, 3 thousand teenagers become regular smokers addicted to nicotine. One thousand will eventually die of smoking-related illnesses.
The goal of this unit is to empower children with knowledge about tobacco and smoking-related illnesses.
(Recommended for Social Studies and Health Education, grades 4-5)