Why Animals Don't Smoke (WADS)

Why Animals Don’t Smoke offers a creative way to help children learn about the dangers of tobacco and develop solid refusal skills. With the help of the cheetah, elephant, dog, turtle, and many more, children learn how smoking affects the animal’s health and bodies, as well as how they choose to say no to smoking. The program begins with a puppet show where each animal speaks about why they choose to be smoke free and concludes with a craft where children can make their own puppets based on their favorite animals from the puppet show. Children receive a book about all of the animals discussed and facts about why they choose not to smoke, and a bracelet. This interactive activity is recommended for youth in pre-k and kindergarten to begin conversations about tobacco products. This activity is widely used by tobacco prevention educators and is recommended to be used with puppets for extra engagement.