1.1 - Chart the Effects of Smoking



Different people are exposed to different levels of smoking, but what is your individual rate of exposure to smoking? This activity asks participants estimate the number of hours they have been exposed to second hand smoke in their lives based on the number of smokers in their life and the environments they live, work, and play in. Based on this estimate, calculate how much time they have spent around smokers - per day, week, month, year, or more. Compile stats from the class and discuss possible implications of different levels of exposure to second-hand smoke based on the information provided in the links below.


1. Break down the amount of time you spend in social, work, home, transport, school and job locations during an average day.
2. Estimate how often you are exposed to smoke in these different areas.
3. Do the necessary mathematical calculations to deduce the amount of time you are exposed to smoke in

  • a) a day;
  • b) a week;
  • c) a month;
  • d) a year.
4. Review the attached WHO and Canadian Lung Association facts on second hand smoke.
5. Think about how your level of exposure to second-hand smoke could affect you.
6. As a class, compile all your responses and create a chart (using a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel or a site like Create a Graph). Then we will discuss the implications of different levels of exposure.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn that external influences includes things like our environment, family and friends
  • Understand the impact of a variety of influences that exert themselves on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis
  • Use applied mathematical skills.
  • Use analytic, collaborative and computer software abilities

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