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Nicotine, a Whistle-Blower, and the FDA

 

 

Day One:  Addiction, Nicotine, and Tobacco Companies

Activity One: Brainstorming and Affinity Diagram

Using Inspiration, create an affinity diagram about nicotine addiction. After sharing your ideas with the class, organize them into related groupings and give each grouping a title.  There are no online resources for this activity.  

Activity Two:  Physical Causes of Addiction

Your teacher will give you a copy of the diagram "The Smoker."  Read the handout "Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Nicotine" or NOVA Online's "The Dope on Nicotine."   Use the information you gather to illustrate (on the diagram) the basics of what happens when someone smokes a cigarette.  

Activity Three: Consequences of Smoking

Read the American Cancer Society's "Cigarette Smoking and Cancer," On the diagram "The Smoker," which you used in the previous activity, put an "X" on the places in the body that people get cancer as a result of smoking.  Then list the other negative health consequences of smoking and, when appropriate, draw lines to the area of the body that is affected. On the other side of the paper, note the numbers of people who smoke and the percentages of those people who suffer from tobacco-related illnesses.

Read the CDC's "What You(th) Should Know About Tobacco." On the same diagram, note other effects of smoking, again drawing lines to indicate the area of the body that is affected.

Activity Four: Tobacco Companies and Addiction

Your teacher will show  several scenes from the movie "The Insider." As you watch the clips, complete the "Video Viewing Guide." There are no online resources for this activity.

Activity Five: The Government's Reaction

Find out how the FDA reacted to this information by reading the paragraph "What are the highlights of this rule?" in the article  "FDA Rule At-A-Glance."  List the components of this rule on a sheet of notebook paper.

 

Day Two: Nicotine and the FDA

Activity One:

What is the FDA?

Your teacher will give you a copy of "The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA."  Read the directions, then go to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website and skim over  "Protecting Consumers, Protecting Public Health," Then go back and answer the questions on the handout.

Activity Two: Tobacco vs. the FDA

Read these articles about the proposed FDA rule, one from the perspective of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "Saving our Children from Tobacco" and one from the perspective of Brown and Williamson, “Government Regulation of Tobacco Products.”  Be prepared to discuss the issues involved. Do you think the FDA should have the authority to regulate tobacco? What are the legal issues involved?

Activity Three: Checks and Balances: The Supreme Court Ruling

Your teacher will give you a copy of "The Supreme Court FDA Ruling." Read the directions, then read the first two paragraphs of   "The Supreme Court  Ruling." Answer the questions on the handout.

Activity Four: Lobbying Efforts by Tobacco Companies

Your teacher will read two excerpts of the novel Thank You for Smoking and will lead a discussion based on those excerpts. Do you think that "real" tobacco lobbyists engage in the same type of tactics depicted here? There are no online resources for this activity.

Activity Five: Where do we go from here?

Your teacher will give you a copy of the "Problem Solving Guide." Work in groups to figure out a solution to the problem. Each group will present their solutions and will be graded using the "Rubric" that your teacher will distribute. There are no online resources for this activity.

 

Credits:

Background Image Courtesy of Microsoft Clip Art Gallery

 

Created by Stacy Farrar Dimmick

Instructional Technology Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools

for

2002 Summer Institute

 

Last Updated July 22, 2002