The class looked at the idea that different people have different values and priorities while discussing the topic of smoking. Individuals and pairs of students ordered the following scenarios according to their opinion of what was the most to the least dangerous. Everyone came up with a different list.

How would you arrange them? Reconsider the same scenarios with a different criterion, such as 'least responsible', 'most dangerous to you' or 'most ill-informed'.

Least dangerous to most dangerous (mystery person)
Least dangerous to most dangerous ~Robyn 9 yrs and Chris 11 yrs
  1. Your mum and dad are both smokers but they don't smoke inside the house or car.
  2. A few of your friends smoke but you don't.
  3. You smoke just on the weekends when you are at parties with your friends.
  4. The local fish and chip shop lets customers smoke and staff can smoke while they are working.
  5. Mr Baker is the owner of the local deli. He sells cigarettes to your friends every week.
  6. Your friends Nicholas and Kathryn have just taken up smoking - they say that they can quit anytime they want.
  7. Jack's oldest brother has been smoking for three years. He is trying to quit and has now cut down to five a day.
  8. Your older brother is a keen basketball player and is always trying to keep fit. He smokes a lot when he is with his friends.
  9. One of your friends often offers to buy cigarettes for you and your friends.
  10. Matthew is 17 years old and is an asthmatic. He smokes regularly.
  11. Mary is 6 months pregnant and smokes 30 cigarettes a day.
  12. Lisa's grandmother has smoked since she was 17. She has just turned 60 and has decided to quit smoking.


The class also considered the issue of smoking in the broader context of self, friends, the community and the environment. Here are some of the negatives about the cigarette smoking and tobacco industry they came up with:


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