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1 in 5

1 in 5 deaths in West Virginia are related to smoking cigarettes (West Virginia Bureau for Public Health).

We don't like this, do you? Tell the world in a way they will remember.

Here are some ideas:

  • An X stuck on 1 out of every 5 lockers in your school will help people understand. Put up a sign or poster to reinforce the message. Or, make an announcement over the school PA system. (Remember, you must get permission from the principal.)
  • People coming in to a basketball game are given a piece of paper as they walk in the gym... all are handed a white one, except for every fifth person. Theirs is red. Right before the National Anthem, the Teen Activist asks the entire crowd to stand up, hold their papers in front off them, and then explains that those marked with a red paper represents the 1 in 5 West Virginians who will die from tobacco each year. Then he/she asks for 60 seconds of silence in memory of them.

After the announcement by the Teen Activist, other Teen Activists can set up tables to distribute Raze Awareness Cards and other information to people as they leave the event.

It is important to remember when promoting this event that the audience is not informed of what is going to occur. Their curiosity will cause them to hold on to and keep their paper.

Also, one (or more) pieces of paper could have a small "x" on it; those marked could win a Raze T-shirt or other promotional item.

Desired Outcome of Activity:

  • Increase awareness of 1 in 5 statistic
  • Distribute information such as Raze Awareness Cards
  • Communicate the brand
  • Attract other teens to join Raze

Materials Needed:

  • Decorations/signage for table
  • Anti-tobacco materials for distribution
  • Materials, such as sheets of paper, tape, etc

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each event or table held, each day announcements are done, or for each group of posters or signs hung around the school.

Apples to Teachers

Pin red ribbons to apples and give them to teachers during Red Ribbon Week. Include information about the dangers of tobacco use or statistics.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every batch of apples given to the staff at your school.

Arsenic Lollipops (or Other Candy)

Print tobacco facts on Avery labels. Stick a label to each lollipop or another candy. Then, create and hang a poster that says, "Would you eat an arsenic lollipop? The FDA keeps arsenic out of lollipops, but not cigarettes!" Hand out lollipops or another candy with tobacco facts on them. Dums Dums work well. Materials needed:

  • Lollipops or other candy
  • Tobacco facts
  • Avery Labels
  • Poster

How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for every time a batch of lollipops is given to students.

Ashtray Art

Students develop other uses for ashtrays. The new works of art could be displayed at an art show or showcased in school or at a local community center. The designer of the most creative ashtray could receive a prize.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every piece of ashtray art created and displayed to the school or community.
Ballgame Announcements

This is an activity you can do if you have a RAZE crew at your local school. The announcement should come on behalf of the school, because enforcement and compliance is the responsibility of the administration at that school. You should always mention RAZE when possible, and if a RAZE crew member could read this it would be nice. A spin off Commotion could be poster boards with tobacco facts at a particular game with announcements thanking RAZE for the information.

Tobacco control policy announcement examples:

  • "__________ Middle/Jr. High/High School would like to remind our fans of the _________ County Tobacco Control Policy that prohibits use of any tobacco products on school property including our (football/baseball/etc.) field. So let's score on "Big Tobacco" and do our part to reduce tobacco use in West Virginia this (football, other sports) season. Everyone can play for a winner on the West Virginia Tobacco Prevention Team."
  • "_________ Middle/Jr. High/High School and the WV Secondary Schools Athletic Commissions would like to remind you of the WV State School Board Tobacco Control Policy that strictly prohibits the use of any tobacco products on school property during school related events. RAZE, the West Virginia youth tobacco prevention group would like to thank you for adhering to this policy. Together, we have reduced tobacco use among teenagers in West Virginia by over 30%."
How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every day that announcements are made.
Banner Run

Prior to the event, RAZE crew members take a large roll of craft paper (sized big enough for a large audience to see) and write key ingredients that are found in tobacco products (see partial list below). At the event, the roll of craft paper with the ingredients listed on it is unveiled to the audience. An announcer identifies each of the key ingredients. A suggested script is written below.

Materials Needed:

  • 48' x 20' roll of craft paper
  • Markers
  • 5 - 25 teens
  • List of ingredients found in tobacco products

Best place to perform a Commotion:

  • Halftime of basketball and football games
  • School events
  • Malls

Suggested Script: “West Virginia teens started RAZE with one goal: to tear down the lies of Big Tobacco. We educate other teens about the dangers of using tobacco products. Demonstrations called "Commotions" are used to get the attention of the public. Right now several of our Crew members are on the basketball court/football field unrolling a list of ingredients that you may not know are found in tobacco products. There are thousands of toxins and poisons that tobacco companies don't want you to know are in their products.

  • ARSENIC is used in pesticides
  • LEAD stunts growth and damages the brain
  • FORMALDEHYDE is used to preserve dead bodies
  • AMMONIA facilitates the absorption of nicotine, keeping you hooked
  • BENZOPYRENE is one of the most potent cancer-causing chemicals in the world
  • ACETONE is the active ingredient in nail polish remover<
  • BENZENE is found in pesticides and gasoline
  • TOLUENE is commonly used in paint thinner”

After the banner run, be sure to upload pictures to social media sites to share your message.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each banner created and used.
Bathroom Signs

A lot of tobacco use begins in the bathroom. Post messages in the bathroom designed to remind teens of the dangers of tobacco use. The messages would be written on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. Remember, don't pick on tobacco users! They are the victims.

Demonize Big Tobacco with our key messages:

  • Ingredients in tobacco products: arsenic, lead, formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, etc. (see list on Make Your Own Cigarette or Make Your Own Dip)
  • 1 in 5 West Virginians will die from tobacco use
  • 4,200 West Virginians will die every year from tobacco use
  • Tobacco products are more addictive than heroin

Materials Needed

Markers Paper 1 or more crew members

NOTE: You must get permission from the property owners. If this is a school, talk to the principal.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every batch of signs hung in restrooms. There must be at least 10 signs in each batch.
Big Butt Clean-Up

Clean up your favorite park or picnic spot and get rid of dirty cigarette butts! Check with the city, town, or county to make sure it's okay to perform the clean-up, then hand out flyers and advertisements about what you intend to do a couple of weeks beforehand. Recruit some friends as volunteers and assign each one a specific area of the location to clean.

Collect cigarette butts in garbage bags and count them along the way.

Present the garbage bags full of cigarette butts to a local public figure such as a mayor or county commissioner and contact the media to be there so they can announce the event to the public. You can announce how many cigarette butts you picked up when you hand them over.

You’ll need garbage bags and gloves. You may also want a RAZE banner to place in the background for media interviews.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each clean-up performed.
Big Tobacco Ad Presentations

As a RAZE crew member, younger kids look up to you. This gives your high school RAZE Crew the chance to teach them how Big Tobacco targets them with advertising.

You’ll need magazine ads for tobacco products, and some props.

Contact a middle school class or a teen youth group. Once you have set up a group and a date, you're ready to start planning your presentation.

  1. Show the groups some of Big Tobacco's magazine ads. Explain how the tobacco industry tries to manipulate us and what the real truth is in each ad.
  2. Divide the class into groups of 3-5 students each. Give each group a different magazine ad. Explain that each group will have a minute, later in the class, to do a skit based on what they do with the ads.
  3. Have each group pick out what they think is the main message Big Tobacco is trying to send.
  4. Next, have them brainstorm what the real message about tobacco and Big Tobacco's tricks should be.
  5. Have each group perform a skit based on their work. It doesn't have to be award-winning, it just needs to explain to the group what messages Big Tobacco is trying to send and what the truth about tobacco really is.
  6. Wrap up the class by asking the students what they learned and what they think about Big Tobacco.

Be sure to ask permission before performing the presentation.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every presentation your Crew completes.
Big Tobacco on Trial

Put your knowledge of Big Tobacco's lies to good use by staging a mock trial.

The Trial:

  • The defendant, a Big Tobacco executive, is charged with targeting teens, addicting them to his deadly products, and killing 4,200 West Virginians every year.
  • The prosecuting attorneys try to prove the dangers of cigarette smoking and using spit tobacco. They show how addictive tobacco really is, and how Big Tobacco targets and manipulates youth to use their products.
  • The defense attorneys argue that smoking is a personal choice and deny all other accusations.
  • A jury convicts the executive and the judge banishes banish him, his lies, and his products from the community.

This activity is a unique way to gain the attention and win the support of elected officials, the public and the press.

When doing this activity, be sure to get your RAZE stats and Big Tobacco facts correct so that the attorneys' arguments are truthful. What would you like to say to a Big Tobacco executive? How do you think he or she would respond? Use this brainstorming to write the script.

You’ll need three to four weeks to write, rehearse, and perform; props such as chairs, tables, microphones, and speakers; and a computer and printer for writing and printing the skit for the performers.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every trial your Crew performs.
Body RAZE
Students spell out 'RAZE' with their bodies during an event, assembly, ball game, etc. During this event there must also be an introduction with a tobacco prevention message or call to action while students are spelling out 'RAZE'. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every time your Crew performs.
Bonds of Addiction

Ask a volunteer from the group to participate in your demonstration. Have your volunteer put on gloves to protect his/her hands from any potential cuts caused by the thread. Have them place their hands out in front, about stomach level, and ten inches apart with their palms facing each other. Explain to the group that you are going to demonstrate how addiction and habits are formed. Then, take the string and wrap it around the volunteer's hands to form a circle, and tie it. Ask the volunteer to break the string.

This should not be hard to do. Tell the group that the first time you try something, it is not hard for you to stop the activity.

Take the string and wrap it around the volunteer's hands twice. Explain that it may be a little harder, but you can still stop. Keep wrapping the string around an extra time until the volunteer can no longer break the string.

Explain to the group that habits and addictions occur over time and not at once. Tell them that addiction sneaks up on you one repeated behavior at a time - then you have no control over them.

Materials Needed:

  • Pair of gloves
  • Thread or extra lightweight string.

Best Place to Perform Commotion:

Perform this commotion in classrooms, at ballgames or other school events. Don't forget to get permission.

Bulletin Board

Decorate a bulletin board at your school or community center with a tobacco education message. If any students' pictures are posted, be sure to follow your county policy for posting a student's picture. And as always, you must get the principal's or community center manager's permission to post anything at on the bulletin board.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each bulletin board your Crew decorates.
Butt-It List
Using posters and markers write down all the things you would do with the time and money saved from not smoking. Pass out the markers and encourage classmates and peers to add their ideas and spread the word that smoking is a waste. Display the posters in a well traveled area. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each group of posters completed and displayed.
Cheer to Clear the Air
Student body has a pep rally. Cheerleaders create a RAZE cheer about not smoking and keeping your body healthy. The Raze crew members chant the cheers and the student body replies. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each pep rally or assembly when the cheer is done.
Cigarette Matching Game

This Commotion is easy, fun and definitely enlightening. Your audience is simply given a match game to complete. On one side of the paper is a list including some of the dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes. On the right side of the paper are familiar items that contain one of the chemicals. Participants have to match the chemical with the item. You can help guide the participants by using your answer sheet. Encourage discussion with the following:

  • Tell your audience that cigarettes are loaded with more than 4,000 chemicals, many of which cause cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening health problems
  • Remind the participants that tobacco is the only legal product, that when used as intended, will cause death
  • Using a cigarette ad "warning label," ask the participants if the warning mentions any of the 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke
  • Discuss other tobacco-related facts and statistics

Use the following chemicals to create your own match game. Remember to mix up the items on the right-hand side of your page.

  • Acetone - used in nail polish remover
  • Ammonia - used in toilet cleaners
  • Arsenic - used in rat poisons
  • Butane - used in lighter fluid
  • Cadmium - used in batteries
  • Carbon monoxide - car exhaust fumes
  • DDT - a banned insecticide
  • Formaldehyde - embalming fluid
  • Hydrogen cyanide - used in gas chambers
  • Napthalene - used in mothballs
  • Nicotine - used in insecticides and very addictive
  • Propylene glycol - used as antifreeze
  • Tar - used to make roads
  • Turpentine - used in paint thinners

Pass these match games out in classrooms, at sporting events or other community events. Don't forget to get permission!

How to record this Commotion: record one Commotion for each match game played or distributed.
Community Announcements

Get out in your community and make some announcements These announcements can be anything from sharing tobacco facts at church to including information on a scrolling marquee. You can make an announcement about an upcoming RAZE event or tobacco-related facts. Once you decide what message you want to spread, make sure you get proper permission!

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every day announcements are made.
Crime Scene/Dead Man

Have your members lie down on the floor or lean against a wall. Trace the body outline with the masking tape. Then, write tobacco facts on the tape with your markers. Make sure you have permission before performing this commotion.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every day a body outline with tobacco facts is created.
Cups in the Fence

Use plastic cups to create your own tobacco prevention message in a chain-link fence. Be sure to clean them up when you’re finished.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every tobacco prevention message created.
Door Décor

Create your own decorative door display that communicates your thoughts about tobacco, from your personal experiences to the importance of groups like RAZE.

  • Be sure to include RAZE and RAZEWV.com in BIG letters on your display
  • Hang your creation on doors around your school or community to let people know that tobacco has no place inside

Make sure to snap some fun pictures and videos. You can show your creations on online and encourage friends to make their own!

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every door that your Crew decorates.
Face masks
Students will write tobacco facts about tobacco-related illnesses and deaths and wear the masks during the day. *Be sure to get permission from your school's administration prior to this activity. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every day that students wear masks with tobacco facts.
Fashion Magazine

Give a presentation using magazines. You’ll need magazines that contain tobacco ads.

Begin the presentation by discussing how advertising tries to create a need in consumers:

  • Advertisers want you to think that the only way to express yourself in a "cool" way is to purchase their brand of whatever product is featured
  • They want us to want to be like them and buy their products

You can show magazine ads and then show a modified version with students' faces on them.

Then, say the fashion industry is not the only culprit. Big Tobacco REALLY wants our attention. Teens are their future, so they target us hard and heavy.

  • Start showing tobacco ads
  • Discuss how much money Big Tobacco spends just on advertising in West Virginia
  • Provide quotes from Big Tobacco about how they target youth
  • Discuss how Big Tobacco doesn't care what happens to us, they just want our money – for life!
  • They don't care that their product eventually takes our lives
How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for every presentation given.
Flash Mob

A spontaneous performing activity, this can be done without much rehearsal or planning. You can perform a flash mob anywhere there are people to watch: the mall, lunchroom, sporting event, even a party. All you need is at least two outgoing people and a message.

Select a brief message and break it down into small key phrases to chant. Each person in your flash mob yells out his or her part, while also adding some type of physical action to it.

Some key messages to consider are:

  • 1 in 5 West Virginians will die from tobacco
  • Big Tobacco kills
  • Tear down the Lies of Big Tobacco
  • Big Tobacco lies

After you select your message, think of some body language or motions that will illustrate your point. For example:

  • Big - As you yell "Big," move your arms in a huge circle.
  • Tobacco - As you yell "tobacco," pretend you are smoking a cigarette.
  • Kills - As you yell "kills," you can drop to the ground, and pretend that you died.

Remember, you are representing RAZE. Don't be vulgar or rude. If anyone asks you to stop or leave, simply reply, "Sure. No problem."

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every performance your flash mob gives.
Grim Reaper

A teen dressed in a Grim Reaper outfit stands outside a place of business that sells tobacco products. The Grim Reaper represents Big Tobacco and talks to individuals coming and going about the manipulation of Big Tobacco and tobacco education facts.

**It is important to avoid picking on smokers. They are the victims!

The Grim Reaper can pass out information regarding the West Virginia Tobacco Quitline, clean indoor air regulations and other issues of importance to the local community.

You’ll need a Grim Reaper costume with a "Big Tobacco" sign the on chest, thank-you cards and permission from the landowner to perform this commotion.

Best Place to Perform Commotion

  • Tobacco shops
  • Convenience stores
  • Grocery stores

NOTE: You must get permission from the property owner. Since the tobacco shops, convenience stores and grocery stores will most likely NOT give you permission to harass their customers, it is best to find one of these stores with land adjacent that is public property or the owner gives you permission to use it.

How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for every day the Grim Reaper is outside a business.
Guessing Game

More people die from tobacco related diseases than from car accidents, alcohol, drugs, AIDS, suicides and murders combined.

Fill display jars with marbles, candy or other small promotional items proportionate to the following statistics:

  • 16 – Number of people in U.S. who die each day from cocaine, crack heroin and morphine use
  • 117 – Number of people in U.S. who die each day from a car accident
  • 38 – Number of people in U.S. who die each day from AIDS
  • 129 – Number of people in U.S. who die each day from alcohol (includes drunk driving)
  • 1,212 – Number of people who die each day from tobacco related causes (including secondhand smoke)

Then, ask participants to identify what cause of death is represented by the number of items in the jar, and submit their guesses into a ballot box. The correct answer could be displayed or announced over the loudspeaker. The winners could win a gear item to encourage participation.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every display or table that includes this game.
Handouts and Giveways

Giving away free stuff always works!

This commotion encompasses anything & everything you give away to spread the message. Pamphlets, brochures, candy, RAZE gear—anything you distribute with the RAZE logo or message on it!

Keep spreading the word!

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every day that your Crew does giveaways or handouts.
Hanging Stuff

Posters, signs, magnets, etc.

Hanging posters, signs, banners, magnets, etc. with the tobacco prevention message on them is considered a commotion.

When hanging something up at the school, always request permission from the principal.

When hanging things in the community, go through the appropriate channel to make sure everything you hang up is legal and has appropriate permission.

Be sure to follow the code of conduct when choosing materials to hang up.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each batch of signs your Crew hangs up. One batch must have at least 15 signs or posters.
Health Fair Display or Booth
Set up a RAZE booth or tent and provide the public with information about tobacco use. Get creative with handouts and don't forget to feature your RAZE tablecloth for your space! How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each table your Crew has at an event. If it is a multi-day event, record one Commotion per day.
Hospital Bracelets

Collect the names of friends and family members of your friends and peers who have passed away due to tobacco related diseases. Then, write the names of the deceased onto hospital bracelets.

Make the bracelets into a chain and display them in your school or community. The point is to have a strong visual that portrays the devastating effect that tobacco has in your community.

How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for every bracelet chain your Crew makes and displays.
Jar of Tar (Clem's Phlegm)

You'll need one jar of tar. You can purchase one at healthedco.com or borrow one from the Raze lending library.

Description:

  • Show participants jar of tar (you may pass it around or allow participants to pass it around)
  • Tell audience that the substance in the jar is tar, which is the sticky, gooey substance found in tobacco.
  • The amount of tar found in the jar represents what one person accumulates in their lungs if they smoke one pack a day for one year. Ask participants to think how much of this nasty stuff they would have in their lungs over the years, considering how addictive tobacco products are

This commotion is even more effective if you combine it with the "Pig's Lungs" demonstration.

How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for every event or display table where the tar jar is used

Jeopardy Game

Bring one of America's longest running game shows to your area and learn about the dangers of tobacco consumption.

You'll need:

  • The complete Jeopardy game set
  • Television or LCD projector

You can obtain the game with preset questions from the American Lung Association Lending Library:

Laura Williams

laura.williams@lung.org

304-984-6074

To play, hook the game set to your television or LCD projector by following the instructions in the Quickstart Guide, which accompanies the game set. Next, insert the Classroom Jeopardy CD-ROM in to a computer and launch the Editor Installer icon. Through this process, you can edit the questions and make them related to tobacco prevention.

You can recruit between 1 and 6 teens per remote.

Make sure to practice before running the game.

How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for each day your Crew performs this game.
Living Petition
IT'S TIME TO PUT YOUR COMMITMENT TO TOBACCO-FREE LIVING IN WRITING. 1. Create t-shirts with the hashtag #LivingPetition display across the chest. Head to the RAZE resources page to download a t-shirt transfer. 2. Ask friends, family and strangers to sign the shirt to petition for tobacco free living. Even those not wearing a shirt can recruit others to sign and document the petition with photos. 4. Share your photos of your completed shirts and let us know how many signatures you received on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Hashtag #LivingPetition and your Crew name. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each time your Crew creates t-shirts.
Love Letters
Have Crew Members write a letter to a relative or loved one asking them to quit using tobacco and telling them why they want them to quit. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each group of letters your Crew writes.
Make a Video or Commercial
Crew members develop a video commercial from start to finish. They write the script, assign parts and act out the commercial. The commercial is played through a school media device such as a TV during lunch, half-time in the cafeteria during sporting events or shared with RAZE on social media. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every commercial created and one Commotion for every time the commercial is played.
Make Your Own Cigarette

This commotion is like Make Your Own Dip, only with cigarettes.

We all know there's more than tobacco in spit, and there's more than tobacco in cigarettes, too.

Many of these chemicals can also be found around the house. You can expose what Big Tobacco doesn't want everyone to know by making your own cigarette.

Reserve a spot at a community event or schedule a presentation in class or at a school assembly to showcase your display (local festival, county fair, school health day, etc.)

Obviously we don't want you to use any of the "real" ingredients in your demonstration. While you know its dangers, there is always the chance that a small child may reach over and taste one of these poisonous ingredients when you aren't looking.

You can take containers with nothing on them and label them with the ingredients or substitute safer things like water or water with different food colorings. Crayola (that's right, the crayon people) makes little pellets that can be dropped into bath water and are non-toxic. Your audience will get the picture.

Present to your audience, or if you are at a health fair or similar event, set the products on a table with a list of other ingredients that can be found in cigarettes. Many people don't know this junk is in cigarettes.

  • Arsenic: used in rat poison
  • Acetic Acid: found in vinegar, hair dye, photo developing fluid
  • Acetone: main ingredient in paint thinner and fingernail polish remover
  • Ammonia: a typical household cleaning fluid
  • Benzene: found in rubber cement
  • Butane: cigarette lighter fluid
  • Cadmium: found in batteries and artist's oil paints
  • Carbon Monoxide: a poisonous gas found in car exhaust, as well as from other sources
  • DDT/Dieldrin: Insecticides
  • Formaldehyde: used to embalm dead bodies. This embalming fluid is often used to preserve small animals in biology classes, so check with your science teacher to find this one.
  • Hexamine: in barbecue lighter fluid
  • Hydrazine: used in jet and rocket fuels
  • Hydrogen Cyanide: used as a poison in gas chambers
  • Lead: a highly poisonous metal that used to be found in some paints
  • Napthalenes: used in explosives, moth balls, and paint pigments
  • Nitrobenzene: a gasoline additive
  • Phenol: used in disinfectants and plastics
  • Polonium-210: a highly radioactive element
  • Stearic acid: found in candle wax
  • Toluene: found in embalmer's glue
How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every table your Crew hosts with this display.
Make Your Own Dip

Show people what's in smokeless tobacco—yummy stuff like benzene, arsenic, and lead! Use the recipe, blend it all together, and offer people a dip!

Teens develop and present what is in spit tobacco. A blender and the various ingredients (all household items, mocked up to look like hazardous items) are used in this presentation. Make Your Own Dip can be done at school or community events, such as setting up a table at a high school sporting event, or at any community event. Make Your Own Dip can even be done outside a Wal-Mart in the parking lot.

These presentations should be 3-5 minutes, with approximately 5 minutes of questions afterward. Most likely, this presentation would be done many times throughout one day.

Below is a suggested script. Make changes (additions, deletions) as you see fit. It is important that you make each event your own, so add personality and style and any words that make you feel more comfortable (keep it clean) about the topic and your feelings about Big Tobacco.

Obviously, we don't want you to use any of the "real" ingredients in your demonstration. While you know its dangers, there is always the chance that a small child may reach over and taste one of these poisonous ingredients when you aren't looking. ONLY USE THE ALTERNATIVE INGREDIENTS SUGGESTED BELOW:

  • Water (formaldehyde)
  • 7up (Benzene)
  • Brown Sugar (Arsenic)
  • Lead (gray cake-decorating balls)
  • Red Man Chew (shredded beef jerky)
  • Blender
  • Table
  • 5 containers (to hold all 5 ingredients)
  • 5 labels for the containers - Formaldehyde, Benzene, Arsenic, Lead, Tobacco.
  • Empty "dip" container to present the final product after blending

Set up:

  • Put the five ingredients into each of their own containers with labels on them. We have suggested harmless ingredients above to replace dangerous ones. DO NOT USE THE REAL INGREDIENTS!
  • Place the ingredients to the left and right of the blender, which should be in the middle of the table
  • Place a RAZE banner or sign near the table

Suggested Script:

"Hi, my name is _________________ and I'm part of West Virginia's RAZE movement – a teen-led, teen-empowered anti-tobacco campaign.

Step right up and see what ingredients are in 'dip' and 'chew.' Big Tobacco would have you call it smokeless tobacco so that you would think it's less dangerous than smoking a cigarette. Guess again? This is the story Big Tobacco doesn't want you to hear. Look at these ingredients. First, you start with Tobacco. We've picked a beauty: Red Man.

(Put beef jerky in blender)

But, Big Tobacco doesn't stop there. You've got lead. That's right; lead is in 'dip' and 'chew.' How many of you read every day about the dangers of lead poisoning? It can lead to brain damage and even death if taken in large quantities or over a long period of time.

(Put cake-decorating balls into blender)

But, Big Tobacco doesn't stop there. 'Dip' and 'chew' also have Benzene in them. So, you don't know much about Benzene? Well, it is a highly flammable substance that is used in gasoline and paints. Long-term exposure is linked to leukemia. It can cause vomiting, rapid heart rate and reduce good red blood cells in your body.

(Add 7up to blender)

But, Big Tobacco doesn't stop there. Did you know that Arsenic is also in "dip" and "chew?" Arsenic. The chemical of choice for murderers and mystery writers. It's used in rat poison and can cause vomiting, abnormal heart rate and death.

(Add brown sugar to blender)

But, Big Tobacco doesn't stop there. You've got Formaldehyde. This stuff is used to preserve dead animals. It's an embalming fluid and, you guessed it, it's in 'spit' and 'chew' products.

(Add water to your blender)

Big Tobacco doesn't stop there. They add another 15 to 20 ingredients. Some we know about and some we don't because they refuse to tell anyone what other ingredients are included in 'spit' and 'chew.'

But, you wouldn't have a tobacco product if you didn't have this one last ingredient. What do you think it is? Nicotine. It's not bad enough that all those dangerous chemicals are in 'spit' and 'chew.' No, Big Tobacco has to hook you on it so they can slowly rot out your gums, throat, cheeks and mouth.

(Blend ingredients and present it in a "dip" container)

So, why does Big Tobacco include so much crap in 'dip?' Why don't you ask them?

If you don't think it's a problem in West Virginia...think about this: 13.6% of high school students say they've tried 'dip' or 'chew' in the past 30 days.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every table your Crew has with this display.
Memorial Wall

4,200 West Virginians die every year from tobacco use, but there are no memorials to remember the victims of Big Tobacco's lies. These victims are family members—fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, friends. Create a memorial wall out of poster board, plywood or some flat surface. Have students or community members write how Big Tobacco has affected their lives or the lives of loved ones on the wall. Display in a public place as a reminder of Big Tobacco's devastation.

How to count this Commotion: count one Commotion for every display your Crew creates.
Merchant Appreciation Letter

Let stores and businesses who sell tobacco know you appreciate it when they enforce the age limit for buying Big Tobacco's deadly products. Send this letter (copy and paste from below) to business owners who follow the rules and DO NOT sell tobacco to underage customers.

Note: The letter below is a template, so don't forget to fill in your own information in the areas indicated.

Copy everything after this line:

(DATE)

(Merchant Owner's Name)

(Merchant's Address)

Dear (Name),

I would like to thank you for your efforts in protecting West Virginia's youth from obtaining tobacco products at (Name of Business).

Each year, approximately 4,000 West Virginia teens start smoking. And each year, approximately the same number of West Virginians will die of tobacco-related causes.

Because of your diligence in abiding by our state's tobacco laws, we can be hopeful that these statistics will change for our future.

Although selling tobacco to minors is a misdemeanor with a fine ranging $10-300, many businesses fail to enforce the law. I recognize and appreciate your attention to the seriousness of selling such a dangerous product to teens.

Once again, thank you for your efforts and diligence in keeping West Virginia's youth tobacco free.

Sincerely,

(Name)

(School)

(RAZE Crew)

Mr. Gross Mouth/Dip Lip

You can purchase "Mr. Gross Mouth" or "Dip Lip" at the healthedco.com or ask your RTPC or AA to borrow one.

You can also contact the American Lung Association Lending Library:

Laura Williamslaura.williams@lung.org(304) 342-6600

These are display items or can be used as a supplement to a tobacco prevention presentation. If used in a presentation, tell participants that these are the effect of spit tobacco in your mouth. Your gums recede, your teeth rot and you may get cancer anywhere the tobacco juices touches – even down to your stomach!

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every table your Crew has with this display.
Newspaper Article
Earn commotion points when local media completes an article or covers events and activities about your Crew. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every time your Crew has an article or news coverage.
Not As Wacko As Tobacco Selfie
You couldn't look wackier using tobacco and knowing it's scary effects if you tried, but go ahead and try. Set-up a photo booth and invite friends to pose with goofy props and demonstrate their silliest expressions. Consider using funny filters, creating a photo frame or design a tobacco free sign. Post the photos to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Tag with #NotAsWackoAsTobacco. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every photo booth your Crew sets up.
Not Stuck on Tobacco Wall
Support the quitters in your life by creating a Not Stuck on Tobacco display. 1. Grab a bunch of sticky notes. Pick sticky notes in your school colors, choose orange to represent RAZE or get really creative and plan a mural! 2. Add messages of support to your sticky notes.This could be a personal note for someone in your life that uses tobacco or a general message of support for quitting. 3. Display your messages and create a Not Stuck on Tobacco display. Invite others to add their own messages of support. 4. Tag your photos and videos with #NicotineFreeWV. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every wall your Crew creates.
Old Sheet
For this commotion find a sheet or a pillow case that a smoker/smokers have used over the years that is stained by the breath of the user. The sheet even if it is a colored one will show the yellow color from the tobacco use. Create a display showing that this is another example of what smoking does in addition to staining the fingers or teeth. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every display your Crew creates.
Oreo Cookie
Supplies:
  • Pack of regular Oreo cookies
  • Pack of chocolate filled Oreo cookies

Hold up the regular Oreo cookie and ask everyone if they look like Oreos. Talk about how the white creamy filling is what makes the cookies so special. As you take the cookie apart, explain that this is the way you like to eat Oreos: to take the cookie apart and eat the middle first. As you open the cookie look out at the audience. Tell the audience the center of the cookie reminds you of a big shiny smile. Hold the cookie up and talk about how we try to keep our teeth looking just like the inside of this white Oreo cookie. Talk about all the products on the market to keep our teeth white and healthy (i.e. expensive whitening treatments and special toothpastes). Explain that as a society we spend millions each year on dental care, because we are so conscious of our teeth's appearance.

Put down the cookie and pick up a chocolate filled Oreo. While holding the cookie explain how certain things you eat can stain your teeth and keep them from looking like bright white to this—and open up the chocolate Oreo. Say one of the most devastating things a person can put in their mouth is tobacco products. Not only does smoking and chew tobacco turn your teeth a dingy yellow or brownish color but it also gives you chronic bad breath.

Compare the center of the chocolate cookie to the white filling in the other cookie. Explain that not only will tobacco products turn your teeth a brownish color but you can also lose your sense of taste. When you smoke, it raises the temperature in you mouth to 107.6 F° (wow). No wonder people who smoke have brownish-colored teeth! That is like putting your teeth in an oven with every cigarette. Can you imagine, if nicotine can turn your teeth brownish-yellow and they are covered with enamel, what can it do to the rest of your body?

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every presentation your Crew gives.
Parade

Create a RAZE float for homecoming and festival parades. Take the message to the streets!

Suggested ideas for your float:

  • Signs
  • Candy with anti-tobacco messages attached
  • Raze T-shirts, hats and other gear (wear it)
  • Bullhorns (shout out the facts)
How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every parade in which your Crew participates.
Pig Lung

For this commotion, you’ll need a set of pig lungs. You can obtain these from the American Lung Association Lending Library:

Below is a script for the Pig Lungs commotion:

Instructor: What is the first organ people think of when we discuss the dangers of smoking?

Answer: Lungs

(Set up Pig's Lung)Instructor: We will now cover some of the anatomical features of the lungs:

  1. The trachea is the long tube leading from the throat to the lungs (point to the trachea). It carries air through the mouth or nose to the bronchi. This is where food can get trapped and causes you not to be able to breathe.
  2. The bronchi branch are the main tubes in the lungs and act as a passage way for air into the lungs.
  3. The air then travels to the smaller vessels called the bronchioles to inflate the millions of tiny balloon like structures called the alveoli.
  4. A network of capillaries covers the alveoli. It is through these tiny blood vessels that the exchange of gases takes place in the body.

Instructor:Let me explain: When we breathe, air is carried through the passage we just described. As it reaches the alveoli, oxygen is absorbed through the thin walls into the capillary blood system and carried throughout the arteries to the tissues and organs. Our organs and tissues must be nourished with oxygen in order to survive.

A waste gas called carbon dioxide is also carried through the veins and returned to the lungs to be exhaled. If our lungs don't function properly, the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide will be altered and the whole body will be affected.

Instructor:Let's look at the lungs and find some of its abnormalities. What about the color? Are they the color of healthy lungs?

Answer: No

Instructor: What color are healthy lungs?

Answer: Pink

Instructor:Right! Healthy lungs are pink. When we smoke, carbon and tar from tobacco settle in the lung tissue causing color change.

Instructor: Point to the malignant tumor – What do you think this might be?

Answer: A tumor

Instructor:Yes a cancerous tumor. This tumor has grown until it blocked the bronchiole that supplies air to the lower lobe of the lung. So what has happened?

Answer: That part won't inflate.

Instructor: Yes, less gasses are exchanged through our lungs, what happens when part of the lungs do not function or are removed?

Answer: Less gasses are exchanged.

Instructor: Yes, less gasses are exchanged, which means the organs and tissues will not receive as much oxygen and the body will start to retain wasted gas, carbon dioxide. Without oxygen, the organs will begin to shut down. So most of the time, the person will have to use supplemental oxygen. I am sure you have seen those people or know someone who requires the use of supplemental oxygen. They usually are pushing or carrying a tank and have small tubes in their nose. Also, the retained carbon dioxide begins to lower the body's pH causing it to become more acidotic. The increase of CO2 and acidosis cause the organs too basically fry inside the body. In an effort to combat these changes the heart begins to beat harder and faster, work harder to stabilize the bodies pH. Eventually, overworked and under-oxygenated, they too will fail.

Instructor: So you see, the lungs are not the only organs affected by smoking. Smoking affects the entire body. At this time also point out visible tumor and explain that it can cause ill effects to the lungs and is very likely to spread throughout the body.

Instructor: Now let’s look at the bubbles on lungs. They are over inflated alveoli. Smoking causes the lungs to become damaged and they soon develop fibrosis or become stiff and lose their elasticity. Eventually they will become weak and remain over inflated, sort of like the weak spot on the surface of a balloon. Like the balloon, the lungs become vulnerable to holes that will allow air to escape from the lungs into the area between the lung the ribs and the diaphragm. This causes two problems:

  1. The lungs can no longer hold air
  2. The air in the chest cavity causes a pressure against the lungs as they attempt to inflate. This condition causes the person severe distress and they must go to the hospital for treatment.

Instructor: What muscle to you primarily use to breathe?

Answer: The diaphragm. The diaphragm is shaped like a rainbow under the ribs. It flattens to generate a negative pressure in the thoracic cavity, pulling on the lungs and causing them to inflate. It arches again during exhalation. When the lungs become overinflated, the ribs spread to make room for them, causing the diaphragm to flatten, disabling it from being used for breathing.

Instructor: So what do you think happens when the use of the diaphragm is lost?

Answer: We start using other muscles, such as ones in the neck. Sit on the desk and place hands on side of your chair to demonstrate breathing using neck muscles and shoulders, lifting shoulders with each breath.

It is difficult for the person to breathe using this technique and soon the neck muscles will become very large and distended. (Swollen)

Instructor: Does anyone have a family member or a friend with Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease?

If yes answer ask: What characteristics have you noticed? Barreled chest – caused from over inflated lungs. Large neck muscles – from overuse. Short of breath – from lack of oxygen. Blue fingers, blue lips, gray skin – from lack of oxygen and increased carbon dioxide. Clubbed fingers – from lack of oxygen. Under weight – from burning so many calories to breathe, and difficulty eating due to shortness of breath. Yellow teeth fingernails, bad breath. The pig's lungs are virtually indistinguishable from those of a 140 – 160 lb. human. The black lung simulates a person who has smoked a pack a day for the last 10 years.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every presentation your Crew gives.
Pledge a Helping Hand

Know someone who smokes or uses spit tobacco? Are you ready to help them quit? Odds are there are others in your community ready to help their friends and loved ones quit- so make it official and pledge to help a person you know be tobacco-free... for good.

Build a banner that communicates what people who sign the pledge are promising to do for their friend or loved one. Make sure RAZE is mentioned somewhere on the banner. Make sure you leave enough room for lots of signatures!

Hang the banner for several days at a place where many people will see it. Don't forget to invite teens to sign the banner by making announcements or handing out flyers about the banner. You can create pledge cards and pass them out to be pasted onto the banner as well.

When the banner is full, hold an event and announce the number of pledge signatures you collected. You can invite the people using tobacco to the event to help them understand how much being tobacco-free means to the people who pledged their support.

Take pictures and post them to RAZE social media sites.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every banner your Crew creates.
Poster Contest

Looking for a way to spread the word about tobacco's harmful effects? Have a poster contest at your school or in your community!

Encourage participants to focus on tobacco issues that are prevalent at your school or in your community, whether it's e-cigarettes/vapes/Juuls, smokeless tobacco, or cigarettes. Display the winning posters at your Crew's location. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every poster contest your Crew sponsors.
Quotes

Expose Big Tobacco’s lies by posting them for the world to see.

Find some industry quotes – go to www.tobaccofreekids.org, www.tobacco.org, or www.no-smoke.org, and copy some industry quotes about teen marketing to posters or banners. Make sure you include the RAZE logo to let everyone know who made them. Post the banners in an area where lots of people can see them—in parks, outside the gym at a basketball game, or a prominent place in the community.

If you want to add to the Commotion and make it an event or mini-play, you could create a phony game show in which contestants must answer what company is quoted to win.

NOTE: You must get permission from property owners. If you conduct this commotion at a school, talk to the principal.

Sample quotes:

Philip Morris:

"Today’s teenager is tomorrow’s potential regular customer, and the overwhelming majority of smokers first begin to smoke while still in their teens.The smoking patterns of teenagers are particularly important to Philip Morris."

Brown and Williamson:

"Kool's stake in the 16 to 25-year-old population segment is such that the value of this audience should be accurately weighted and reflected in current media programs. All magazines will be reviewed to see how efficiently they reach this group."

Lorillard Tobacco:

"[T]he base of our business is the high school student."

U.S. Tobacco:

"Cherry Skoal is for somebody who likes the taste of candy, if you know what I’m saying."

How to count this Commotion: If you create posters with quotes, count one Commotion for every group of posters your Crew creates. If you create a skit or game show-type presentation, count one Commotion for every presentation your Crew gives.
RAZE Art

Spread the word of RAZE with chalk, spray paint, posters or street art. But get permission! We aren't criminals!

Teens with artistic ability gather to design art on wooden boards, canvases, poster board or even on a street, driveway, or building (after getting prior approval from the building owner). This is an opportunity for teens with creative and artistic ability to express themselves and fight Big Tobacco.

You’ll need paintable board or canvases, art supplies, chalk or temporary paint for “wash away art,” and paper and pencils to sketch ideas.

RAZE Banner

Display the RAZE banner at an event. It’s that easy!

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every event at which the banner is displayed.
RAZE Celebration
Conduct a meeting or service (this could be a church service or youth meeting) wearing RAZE shirts. Following the service, host a reception utilizing your RAZE tablecloth, decorations and provide RAZE information on the tables. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every celebration your Crew hosts.
RAZE Costumes

Have one of your crew members wear a RAZE costume such as the Ciggy Butts, Snuff Can or Orange Man costume during school or community events. Pass out Raze info or info on the health effects of tobacco. You can order Ciggy Buttz here: healthedco.com How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each event at which a Raze member wears a costume.

RAZE Crew in Mourning

The RAZE crew dresses in black and doesn't speak to anyone for the whole day. Here's the hard part—you must act like you don't hear your friends when they're speaking to you. The only people that will know what is going on is the Administration, so you MUST get permission first! At the end of the day, one of the RAZE members will make an announcement telling the student body that the silence they have witnessed throughout the day is permanent when a person is faced with a tobacco related illness.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each day your Crew performs the activity.
RAZE INFORMATION CENTER
Collect a variety of literature concerning the consequences of using tobacco products, about various ingredients in tobacco products and second hand smoke; get a free handing book rack/literature rack or use one that is already in the media center or library and place it in a high traveled area. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each information center your Crew sets up.
RAZE Ladder Golf
Take a regular Ladder Golf game and place RAZE Stickers on the ladder. Place crew members close by the activity to give facts about tobacco addiction. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each event at which this game is played.
RAZE Recruitment
Set up a booth or tent and recruit new members for your Crew! How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each recruitment booth or tent your Crew sets up.
RAZE Your Game
Create a banner for your school or community group with a pledge to "Raze the Game" by remaining tobacco-free. Have athletes to sign the pledge and display at your school, field/gym/court, or other public area. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every banner created and displayed.
RAZE-sponsored Dance

Trying to show that they are better ways to spend your time without tobacco? Have your Crew sponsor a dance at your school or in your community to spread the word about tobacco and its harmful effects! Make sure to display Raze banners, wear Raze gear, pass out information, and/or have tobacco facts announced during the dance.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each dance your Crew sponsors.
Reasons Why Tobacco is Scary!
RAZE members have a foam white board with the title on it. Have ghost and skull cutouts that people can write reasons why tobacco is scary. Display the board in your school or other public place for others to see. A great Commotion around Halloween! How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each board created and displayed.
Red Ribbon Week
During Red Ribbon week, have your Crew distribute ribbons at school or in the community, pass out literature about the dangers of tobacco, or speak at Red Ribbon presentations. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each event in which your Crew participates.
Scavenger Hunt

Ever wonder how many tobacco ads or products you see a week? Now's your chance to get the answer – a tobacco scavenger hunt!

Set a start and end date for the scavenger hunt, and hand out score sheets for players to keep track of what they see as they go to school, hang out, or go to work. Anything with a tobacco brand name or brand symbol on it counts.

Take all the players' score sheets and add them together. Once you've documented the pro-tobacco messages that you see every day, publicize what you've found. You can even create a scavenger hunt with your mobile phone – just take pictures of everything you find.

Use a copier and paper to make enough copies of the checklist below.

Record from your log the total number of smoking messages you found. Record the number of smoking messages you found in each place listed below and the number of promotions you saw for each brand.

NUMBER FOUND IN EACH PLACE ____ Ashtray ____ Backpack ____ Billboard ____ Book cover ____ Book bag ____ Briefcase ____ Brochure ____ Bumper sticker ____ Bus ____ Calendar ____ CD/tape cover ____ Convenience store display ____ Coupon/coupon dollars ____ Cutout poster ____ Flashlight ____ Grocery store offers ____ Hat ____ Internet ____ Jacket ____ Key chain ____ License plate ____ Magazine/newspaper ad ____ Magazine/newspaper coupon ____ Package/box ____ Playing cards ____ Poster/sign ____ Radio ad ____ Scoreboard ____ Shirt/T-shirt ____ Shopping cart ____ Sleeping bag ____ Sticker ____ Sweater/sweatshirt ____ Taxi ____ Other _________________ ____ Other _________________ ____ Other _________________ ____ Other _________________ NUMBER OF CIGARETTE BRAND PROMOTIONS ____ Basic ____ Benson & Hedges ____ Camel ____ Doral ____ GPC ____ Grim Reapers ____ Kool ____ Liquid Zoo ____ Marlboro ____ Merit ____ Newport ____ Omni ____ Salem ____ Virginia Slims ____ Winston NUMBER OF SMOKELESS TOBACCO BRAND PROMOTIONS ____Ariva ____Beech-Nut ____Copenhagen ____Kodiak ____Levi Garrett ____Red Man ____Red Seal ____Silver Creek ____Skoal ____Stonewall ____Timber Wolf TOTAL NUMBER OF MESSAGES: _________

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each time this Scavenger Hunt is done.
School Announcements
If your RAZE crew is in a school, make an announcement using the intercom system about an upcoming RAZE event, tobacco-related facts or even perform a commotion. These announcements may also include information about what your RAZE Crew is doing to support a larger event like Red Ribbon Week.

Once you decide what message you want to spread, make sure you get proper permission in your school and schedule a time and date and decide who will be making the announcement.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each set of announcements your group does.
Showing Tobacco Videos

Show a video at your school or in your community to spread the word about tobacco and its harmful effects. After viewing the video with a group, the Raze Crew will lead a discussion with the audience about the video and tobacco dangers.

To get videos, please contact the American Lung Association Lending Library:

Laura Williamslaura.williams@lung.org(304) 984-6074

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each time your Crew shows a video and leads a discussion with the audience.
Skit or Play
Write, direct, and perform a skit or play about tobacco. Be as creative and inventive as you can! How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each time the play or skit is performed.
Slideshow

Looking for a way to show off all of your pictures from your Crew's activities throughout the year? Create a slideshow using PowerPoint or the presentation app of your choice to show pictures and other fun RAZE facts and show them off at your school or community centers.

Another option is to take print-outs of pictures and other RAZE materials and post them on a display to show everyone what your Crew is about!

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each slideshow or display created.
Social Media Post
Post social media updates with pictures of your Crew and use the social media outlet to share upcoming events. Don't forget to tag RAZE on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and use appropriate hashtags. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each post per platform.
Sound of Death

This presentation shows the sheer volume of deaths caused by tobacco as opposed to deaths from drugs, alcohol, homicides, etc. It is particularly impactful at the end of a discussion with youth about the dangers of tobacco.

You'll need:

  • Ball bearings or other hard objects such as pennies, BBs or popcorn kernels (approximately 1,800). Pre-count these objects as indicated below (statistics of deaths). For ease of re-using without having to recount, empty prescription bottles can be labeled for each cause of death. After the activity, the objects can be returned to the bottles.
  • 1 large can (e.g. coffee can) for tobacco.
  • 5 cans in descending sizes for alcohol, AIDS, auto accidents, heroin/morphine and cocaine/crack.
  • 6 empty prescription bottles to hold pre-counted BBs or other selected objects.
  • Labels for cans & bottles (you can label your poison e.g., alcohol, AIDS, tobacco, etc.)

STATISTICS ON DEATHS:(NOTE: Deaths represent the number of people who die EACH DAY in the US from these causes)

  • Start-up (just drop one BB in the can so they connect it with the sound of death)
  • 7 - Number of people in US who die each day from cocaine and crack
  • 9 - Number of people in US who die each day from heroin and morphine
  • 117 - Number of people in US who die each day from car accidents
  • 38 – Number of people in US who die each day from AIDS
  • 129 – Number of people in US who die each day from alcohol (includes drunk driving)
  • 1,212 – Number of people who die each day from tobacco related causes (tobacco or secondhand smoke)

What to do:Create a somber mood for the activity. Have the audience close their eyes and ask them to think of someone they know that smokes or has smoked. Do they know of someone that has lung cancer or emphysema? Perhaps they know a smoker that has a smoker's hacking cough, one of the earliest signs of damage.

  • Drop one BB into a small can and ask them to think of that as someone who has died. Explain that each sound they hear is another death that day.
  • Starting with 7 BBs for cocaine and crack, drop them slowly into a can.
  • Proceed with heroin and the others, ending with tobacco.

Talking PointsKids may relate 1,292 deaths each day in US to other events that cause death that we think are terrible, yet tobacco companies get away with it every day. Some comparisons to use are:

  • On September 11, 2,830 people died when the planes hit the World Trade Center towers. Every two days, that many people die from tobacco related causes.
  • When a jumbo jet crashes, 400 people may loose their life. What would we think if 3 jumbo jets crashed every day in America? Yet, we accept tobacco deaths?
  • Compare the number of tobacco related deaths each day to the number of students in your school (e.g. 600 students). Imagine if twice the number of people in this school died today?

Optional: The BBs can also be placed in envelopes that are sealed and labeled with the cause of death and the number of people. Hand the envelopes out to selected children and have each one come to the front, announce the death they have and have them open the envelope and pour into the appropriate can.

Note: Timing is very important in this demonstration. If you pour the BBs to quickly, the impact will be diminished. If you pour to slowly, the audience may feel that you are over-dramatizing. A pause after the last BB is dropped gives the audience time to reflect on what you are communicating. Using an amplifier or microphone makes the sound effect even greater.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each performance your Crew gives of this presentation.
Sticky Man

Use students to show the negative effects of tobacco use.

Ask for student volunteers who are willing to write, and hand each some stickers. Explain to the remaining students that you want them to think of all the negative effects of tobacco use. As students call out effects, have the two volunteers write that item down on a sticker

Example: student suggests: Wrinkles. One volunteer writes "wrinkles" on a sticker.

The activity continues until every student has a chance to mention a negative effect of tobacco on a person's body, or until they run out of ideas.

Now ask for a volunteer student to come up front. The students with stickers will go up front and begin to call off the words on their stickers. As they do so, have them hand the sticker to the volunteer to put on the body part affected. When the activity is complete, the students will see that tobacco affects just about the entire body in a negative way.

Alternative: Instead of a student volunteer to place stickers on their body, ask a student to lay down on a large sheet of paper and trace their outline. Then, affix the stickers to the appropriate area on the paper.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each time your Crew performs this Commotion for a new group.
Taking Down Tobacco 101 Online Training
Have Crew members visit takingdowntobacco.org, create an account, and take the "Taking Down Tobacco 101" online training. Once half the members in your Crew have completed this training, you can register this as a Commotion! *Please note that this training should be completed by individual Crew members and NOT as a group! How to count this Commotion: Once half of the members in your Crew have completed your training and turned in their certificates, register this as a Commotion.
Tear Down Tobacco Ads
Make a collage mural from tobacco ads to decorate the hallway at your school, community meeting place, or other public area. Ads can be used from magazines, newspapers, or the internet. Decide on the main message for your mural and be sure to display the message in big, bold letters so the community knows you're trying to tear down Big Tobacco's advertising lies! How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every mural your Crew creates and displays.
The Struggle to Breathe

Participants will experience the struggle an emphysema victim has while breathing and understand the correlation between emphysema and smoking cigarettes.

You'll need a small, thin straw for each participant, a stopwatch or a watch with a second hand on it, a balloon and an empty water bottle.

Before beginning, please alert attendees who may have an allergy to latex, and any attendees who may have asthma or difficulty breathing.

Some questions and facts to use when presenting:

  1. Tell me what you know about cigarettes. Get responses.
  2. When you inhale a cigarette are you taking in oxygen? No. You are putting lots of chemicals in your body, but not oxygen.
  3. Does your body need oxygen to live? Yes.
  4. Does oxygen help build your brain? Yes.
  5. The chemicals in a cigarette make your lungs work incorrectly and you cannot breathe properly.
  6. Let's run in place for 1 minute. I will time you.
  7. That wasn't so bad, was it?
  8. This time I want you to do the same thing but I want you to hold your nose and breathe through this little straw while running in place for 1 minute.
  9. Stop. Was this more difficult?
  10. Raise your hand if you can describe how you felt running with your nose plugged and breathing through the little straw. Get responses.
  11. People who smoke a lot get a disease called EMPHYSEMA. It prevents you from taking in a full lung of air and breathe it back out.
  12. Get a volunteer to blow up the balloon. See how it expands?
  13. Now let’s try to blow up the balloon inside this water bottle. Is this easier?
  14. It is difficult. The balloon cannot expand like it needs to. Just like your lungs get when you have emphysema.
  15. Do we want to smoke or be around secondhand smoke that makes it hard for us to breathe? Absolutely not!
How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each time your Crew presents this Commotion to a new group.
Tobacco Ball
Use the Clever Catch Tobacco Beach ball to help players catch the truth about tobacco with the 75 questions about the dangers of tobacco printed on the surface of this ball. This is a great game for health, school, or community fairs. Gather a group, arrange everyone in a circle, and send the ball flying. When someone catches the ball, they answer the question underneath where their finger touches the ball. If they don't know the answer, have the group help out! To order a ball visit Health Edco here. You can also borrow one from the ALA Lending Library by contacting Laura Williams at laura.williams@lung.org. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each event at which this game is played.
Tobacco Does Not Make CENTS!
Help raise awareness about the costs of tobacco with a penny drive. First, review the stats on the costs of tobacco use in West Virginia at www.tobaccofreekids.org/problem/toll-us/west_virginia Choose a stat and set a goal to raise pennies to represent that stat. Pick a tobacco prevention charity to receive the money collected or plan your own tobacco prevention project that needs funding. For example, at the 2017 Tobacco Free Day, Crews raised 47,000 pennies to represent the the 47,000 young West Virginians alive today that will die prematurely of smoking if something doesn't change. Set-up a booth and ask your friends and family members to donate their spare change for CHANGE. Don't forget to share facts about the costs of tobacco on West Virginians. Once you've reach your goal, put the funds you've raised to work. Don't forget to post photos of your progress to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Tag with #TobaccoDoesNotMakeCents How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each penny drive your Crew undertakes.
Tobacco Free Day
Celebrate Tobacco Free Day at the W. Va. state capitol with your fellow Crew members and RAZE Crews. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each Tobacco Free Day your Crew attends.
Tombstones
Create tombstones to display facts about deaths from tobacco in West Virginia and the United States.

To make your own tombstone:

  • Head to your local home center.
  • Purchase a can of FLAT BLACK spray paint or speckle paint.
  • Purchase several sheets of Styrofoam insulation. It comes in all sizes and thicknesses. The thicker, the better. You might also get some thinner stuff to add to the front of the main headstones (more later.)

Some sheets are small, but others may be too big to fit into the car. Now you'll use a pair of scissors or any other object to cut through the Styrofoam (make sure it is OK to use such object on school grounds).Even if you buy a gigantic 4 foot by 8 foot chunk of styrofoam (VERY INEXPENSIVE) you can rough cut it into small squares that will fit in your car or trunk!

Trace out a pattern (hint: leave protective coating on for drawing & cutting). Use that same pair of scissors to carefully and safely cut out several gravestone shapes. Break off or carve out cracks and edges to make them "older" looking.

For some DELUXE tombstones, take that thin Styrofoam and cut out some shapes. You can cut out several squares and stick them to the bigger, thicker headstones to give a brick or black effect. The best way to get them to stick is to apply a little glue and then (and most importantly) take some small nails or even straightened-out paper clips (anything small and rigid) and stick it through the small piece tacking it onto the big piece. You're essentially "nailing" the brick to the headstone.

Use spray paint to add the final touches to your tombstone. BE SURE TO SPRAY IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA! There's no need to be precise, a random uneven spray pattern will look more realistic.

Once your tombstones are created, display at your school, community center, or along a roadway. BE SURE TO GET PERMISSION from the owner of the land before displaying. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each tombstone display your Crew creates and puts in a location.
Touched by Tobacco
Create a display that shows how many of West Virginia's youth have been affected by tobacco. Trace hand prints and invites individuals to write about the ways they have been touched by tobacco. Display the hand prints in a public space. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each display of hands your Crew creates and displays.
Unglamour Shots
Find a prominent location to use as your studio (get the necessary permission of course). Use make-up and other materials to give your friends the full tobacco treatment. Have them swish around the yellow food coloring in their mouths for yellow teeth. Add some dark circles under the eyes. Grab some prunes and chew them up until they resemble chewing tobacco – make sure to get that spit drip! Go here for some inspiration: http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/ss/slideshow-ways-smoking-affects-looks. Make a sign for glamour shot subjects to hold that says "Tobacco Unglamour Shots". Upload your pics to social media using the hashtag #UNGLAMOURSHOTS How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each event at which your Crew performs this Commotion.
Wearing RAZE Gear
Spread the message about RAZE by wearing your favorite RAZE t-shirt or other RAZE branded gear. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each day at least half your Crew wears Raze gear.
1 in 5

1 in 5 deaths in West Virginia are related to smoking cigarettes (West Virginia Bureau for Public Health).

We don't like this, do you? Tell the world in a way they will remember.

Here are some ideas:

  • An X stuck on 1 out of every 5 lockers in your school will help people understand. Put up a sign or poster to reinforce the message. Or, make an announcement over the school PA system. (Remember, you must get permission from the principal.)
  • People coming in to a basketball game are given a piece of paper as they walk in the gym... all are handed a white one, except for every fifth person. Theirs is red. Right before the National Anthem, the Teen Activist asks the entire crowd to stand up, hold their papers in front off them, and then explains that those marked with a red paper represents the 1 in 5 West Virginians who will die from tobacco each year. Then he/she asks for 60 seconds of silence in memory of them.

After the announcement by the Teen Activist, other Teen Activists can set up tables to distribute Raze Awareness Cards and other information to people as they leave the event.

It is important to remember when promoting this event that the audience is not informed of what is going to occur. Their curiosity will cause them to hold on to and keep their paper.

Also, one (or more) pieces of paper could have a small "x" on it; those marked could win a Raze T-shirt or other promotional item.

Desired Outcome of Activity:

  • Increase awareness of 1 in 5 statistic
  • Distribute information such as Raze Awareness Cards
  • Communicate the brand
  • Attract other teens to join Raze

Materials Needed:

  • Decorations/signage for table
  • Anti-tobacco materials for distribution
  • Materials, such as sheets of paper, tape, etc

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each event or table held, each day announcements are done, or for each group of posters or signs hung around the school.

Apples to Teachers

Pin red ribbons to apples and give them to teachers during Red Ribbon Week. Include information about the dangers of tobacco use or statistics.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every batch of apples given to the staff at your school.

Arsenic Lollipops (or Other Candy)

Print tobacco facts on Avery labels. Stick a label to each lollipop or another candy. Then, create and hang a poster that says, "Would you eat an arsenic lollipop? The FDA keeps arsenic out of lollipops, but not cigarettes!" Hand out lollipops or another candy with tobacco facts on them. Dums Dums work well. Materials needed:

  • Lollipops or other candy
  • Tobacco facts
  • Avery Labels
  • Poster

How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for every time a batch of lollipops is given to students.

Ashtray Art

Students develop other uses for ashtrays. The new works of art could be displayed at an art show or showcased in school or at a local community center. The designer of the most creative ashtray could receive a prize.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every piece of ashtray art created and displayed to the school or community.
Ballgame Announcements

This is an activity you can do if you have a RAZE crew at your local school. The announcement should come on behalf of the school, because enforcement and compliance is the responsibility of the administration at that school. You should always mention RAZE when possible, and if a RAZE crew member could read this it would be nice. A spin off Commotion could be poster boards with tobacco facts at a particular game with announcements thanking RAZE for the information.

Tobacco control policy announcement examples:

  • "__________ Middle/Jr. High/High School would like to remind our fans of the _________ County Tobacco Control Policy that prohibits use of any tobacco products on school property including our (football/baseball/etc.) field. So let's score on "Big Tobacco" and do our part to reduce tobacco use in West Virginia this (football, other sports) season. Everyone can play for a winner on the West Virginia Tobacco Prevention Team."
  • "_________ Middle/Jr. High/High School and the WV Secondary Schools Athletic Commissions would like to remind you of the WV State School Board Tobacco Control Policy that strictly prohibits the use of any tobacco products on school property during school related events. RAZE, the West Virginia youth tobacco prevention group would like to thank you for adhering to this policy. Together, we have reduced tobacco use among teenagers in West Virginia by over 30%."
How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every day that announcements are made.
Banner Run

Prior to the event, RAZE crew members take a large roll of craft paper (sized big enough for a large audience to see) and write key ingredients that are found in tobacco products (see partial list below). At the event, the roll of craft paper with the ingredients listed on it is unveiled to the audience. An announcer identifies each of the key ingredients. A suggested script is written below.

Materials Needed:

  • 48' x 20' roll of craft paper
  • Markers
  • 5 - 25 teens
  • List of ingredients found in tobacco products

Best place to perform a Commotion:

  • Halftime of basketball and football games
  • School events
  • Malls

Suggested Script: “West Virginia teens started RAZE with one goal: to tear down the lies of Big Tobacco. We educate other teens about the dangers of using tobacco products. Demonstrations called "Commotions" are used to get the attention of the public. Right now several of our Crew members are on the basketball court/football field unrolling a list of ingredients that you may not know are found in tobacco products. There are thousands of toxins and poisons that tobacco companies don't want you to know are in their products.

  • ARSENIC is used in pesticides
  • LEAD stunts growth and damages the brain
  • FORMALDEHYDE is used to preserve dead bodies
  • AMMONIA facilitates the absorption of nicotine, keeping you hooked
  • BENZOPYRENE is one of the most potent cancer-causing chemicals in the world
  • ACETONE is the active ingredient in nail polish remover<
  • BENZENE is found in pesticides and gasoline
  • TOLUENE is commonly used in paint thinner”

After the banner run, be sure to upload pictures to social media sites to share your message.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each banner created and used.
Bathroom Signs

A lot of tobacco use begins in the bathroom. Post messages in the bathroom designed to remind teens of the dangers of tobacco use. The messages would be written on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. Remember, don't pick on tobacco users! They are the victims.

Demonize Big Tobacco with our key messages:

  • Ingredients in tobacco products: arsenic, lead, formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, etc. (see list on Make Your Own Cigarette or Make Your Own Dip)
  • 1 in 5 West Virginians will die from tobacco use
  • 4,200 West Virginians will die every year from tobacco use
  • Tobacco products are more addictive than heroin

Materials Needed

Markers Paper 1 or more crew members

NOTE: You must get permission from the property owners. If this is a school, talk to the principal.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every batch of signs hung in restrooms. There must be at least 10 signs in each batch.
Big Butt Clean-Up

Clean up your favorite park or picnic spot and get rid of dirty cigarette butts! Check with the city, town, or county to make sure it's okay to perform the clean-up, then hand out flyers and advertisements about what you intend to do a couple of weeks beforehand. Recruit some friends as volunteers and assign each one a specific area of the location to clean.

Collect cigarette butts in garbage bags and count them along the way.

Present the garbage bags full of cigarette butts to a local public figure such as a mayor or county commissioner and contact the media to be there so they can announce the event to the public. You can announce how many cigarette butts you picked up when you hand them over.

You’ll need garbage bags and gloves. You may also want a RAZE banner to place in the background for media interviews.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each clean-up performed.
Big Tobacco Ad Presentations

As a RAZE crew member, younger kids look up to you. This gives your high school RAZE Crew the chance to teach them how Big Tobacco targets them with advertising.

You’ll need magazine ads for tobacco products, and some props.

Contact a middle school class or a teen youth group. Once you have set up a group and a date, you're ready to start planning your presentation.

  1. Show the groups some of Big Tobacco's magazine ads. Explain how the tobacco industry tries to manipulate us and what the real truth is in each ad.
  2. Divide the class into groups of 3-5 students each. Give each group a different magazine ad. Explain that each group will have a minute, later in the class, to do a skit based on what they do with the ads.
  3. Have each group pick out what they think is the main message Big Tobacco is trying to send.
  4. Next, have them brainstorm what the real message about tobacco and Big Tobacco's tricks should be.
  5. Have each group perform a skit based on their work. It doesn't have to be award-winning, it just needs to explain to the group what messages Big Tobacco is trying to send and what the truth about tobacco really is.
  6. Wrap up the class by asking the students what they learned and what they think about Big Tobacco.

Be sure to ask permission before performing the presentation.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every presentation your Crew completes.
Big Tobacco on Trial

Put your knowledge of Big Tobacco's lies to good use by staging a mock trial.

The Trial:

  • The defendant, a Big Tobacco executive, is charged with targeting teens, addicting them to his deadly products, and killing 4,200 West Virginians every year.
  • The prosecuting attorneys try to prove the dangers of cigarette smoking and using spit tobacco. They show how addictive tobacco really is, and how Big Tobacco targets and manipulates youth to use their products.
  • The defense attorneys argue that smoking is a personal choice and deny all other accusations.
  • A jury convicts the executive and the judge banishes banish him, his lies, and his products from the community.

This activity is a unique way to gain the attention and win the support of elected officials, the public and the press.

When doing this activity, be sure to get your RAZE stats and Big Tobacco facts correct so that the attorneys' arguments are truthful. What would you like to say to a Big Tobacco executive? How do you think he or she would respond? Use this brainstorming to write the script.

You’ll need three to four weeks to write, rehearse, and perform; props such as chairs, tables, microphones, and speakers; and a computer and printer for writing and printing the skit for the performers.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every trial your Crew performs.
Body RAZE
Students spell out 'RAZE' with their bodies during an event, assembly, ball game, etc. During this event there must also be an introduction with a tobacco prevention message or call to action while students are spelling out 'RAZE'. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every time your Crew performs.
Bonds of Addiction

Ask a volunteer from the group to participate in your demonstration. Have your volunteer put on gloves to protect his/her hands from any potential cuts caused by the thread. Have them place their hands out in front, about stomach level, and ten inches apart with their palms facing each other. Explain to the group that you are going to demonstrate how addiction and habits are formed. Then, take the string and wrap it around the volunteer's hands to form a circle, and tie it. Ask the volunteer to break the string.

This should not be hard to do. Tell the group that the first time you try something, it is not hard for you to stop the activity.

Take the string and wrap it around the volunteer's hands twice. Explain that it may be a little harder, but you can still stop. Keep wrapping the string around an extra time until the volunteer can no longer break the string.

Explain to the group that habits and addictions occur over time and not at once. Tell them that addiction sneaks up on you one repeated behavior at a time - then you have no control over them.

Materials Needed:

  • Pair of gloves
  • Thread or extra lightweight string.

Best Place to Perform Commotion:

Perform this commotion in classrooms, at ballgames or other school events. Don't forget to get permission.

Bulletin Board

Decorate a bulletin board at your school or community center with a tobacco education message. If any students' pictures are posted, be sure to follow your county policy for posting a student's picture. And as always, you must get the principal's or community center manager's permission to post anything at on the bulletin board.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each bulletin board your Crew decorates.
Butt-It List
Using posters and markers write down all the things you would do with the time and money saved from not smoking. Pass out the markers and encourage classmates and peers to add their ideas and spread the word that smoking is a waste. Display the posters in a well traveled area. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each group of posters completed and displayed.
Cheer to Clear the Air
Student body has a pep rally. Cheerleaders create a RAZE cheer about not smoking and keeping your body healthy. The Raze crew members chant the cheers and the student body replies. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each pep rally or assembly when the cheer is done.
Cigarette Matching Game

This Commotion is easy, fun and definitely enlightening. Your audience is simply given a match game to complete. On one side of the paper is a list including some of the dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes. On the right side of the paper are familiar items that contain one of the chemicals. Participants have to match the chemical with the item. You can help guide the participants by using your answer sheet. Encourage discussion with the following:

  • Tell your audience that cigarettes are loaded with more than 4,000 chemicals, many of which cause cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening health problems
  • Remind the participants that tobacco is the only legal product, that when used as intended, will cause death
  • Using a cigarette ad "warning label," ask the participants if the warning mentions any of the 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke
  • Discuss other tobacco-related facts and statistics

Use the following chemicals to create your own match game. Remember to mix up the items on the right-hand side of your page.

  • Acetone - used in nail polish remover
  • Ammonia - used in toilet cleaners
  • Arsenic - used in rat poisons
  • Butane - used in lighter fluid
  • Cadmium - used in batteries
  • Carbon monoxide - car exhaust fumes
  • DDT - a banned insecticide
  • Formaldehyde - embalming fluid
  • Hydrogen cyanide - used in gas chambers
  • Napthalene - used in mothballs
  • Nicotine - used in insecticides and very addictive
  • Propylene glycol - used as antifreeze
  • Tar - used to make roads
  • Turpentine - used in paint thinners

Pass these match games out in classrooms, at sporting events or other community events. Don't forget to get permission!

How to record this Commotion: record one Commotion for each match game played or distributed.
Community Announcements

Get out in your community and make some announcements These announcements can be anything from sharing tobacco facts at church to including information on a scrolling marquee. You can make an announcement about an upcoming RAZE event or tobacco-related facts. Once you decide what message you want to spread, make sure you get proper permission!

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every day announcements are made.
Crime Scene/Dead Man

Have your members lie down on the floor or lean against a wall. Trace the body outline with the masking tape. Then, write tobacco facts on the tape with your markers. Make sure you have permission before performing this commotion.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every day a body outline with tobacco facts is created.
Cups in the Fence

Use plastic cups to create your own tobacco prevention message in a chain-link fence. Be sure to clean them up when you’re finished.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every tobacco prevention message created.
Door Décor

Create your own decorative door display that communicates your thoughts about tobacco, from your personal experiences to the importance of groups like RAZE.

  • Be sure to include RAZE and RAZEWV.com in BIG letters on your display
  • Hang your creation on doors around your school or community to let people know that tobacco has no place inside

Make sure to snap some fun pictures and videos. You can show your creations on online and encourage friends to make their own!

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every door that your Crew decorates.
Face masks
Students will write tobacco facts about tobacco-related illnesses and deaths and wear the masks during the day. *Be sure to get permission from your school's administration prior to this activity. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every day that students wear masks with tobacco facts.
Fashion Magazine

Give a presentation using magazines. You’ll need magazines that contain tobacco ads.

Begin the presentation by discussing how advertising tries to create a need in consumers:

  • Advertisers want you to think that the only way to express yourself in a "cool" way is to purchase their brand of whatever product is featured
  • They want us to want to be like them and buy their products

You can show magazine ads and then show a modified version with students' faces on them.

Then, say the fashion industry is not the only culprit. Big Tobacco REALLY wants our attention. Teens are their future, so they target us hard and heavy.

  • Start showing tobacco ads
  • Discuss how much money Big Tobacco spends just on advertising in West Virginia
  • Provide quotes from Big Tobacco about how they target youth
  • Discuss how Big Tobacco doesn't care what happens to us, they just want our money – for life!
  • They don't care that their product eventually takes our lives
How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for every presentation given.
Flash Mob

A spontaneous performing activity, this can be done without much rehearsal or planning. You can perform a flash mob anywhere there are people to watch: the mall, lunchroom, sporting event, even a party. All you need is at least two outgoing people and a message.

Select a brief message and break it down into small key phrases to chant. Each person in your flash mob yells out his or her part, while also adding some type of physical action to it.

Some key messages to consider are:

  • 1 in 5 West Virginians will die from tobacco
  • Big Tobacco kills
  • Tear down the Lies of Big Tobacco
  • Big Tobacco lies

After you select your message, think of some body language or motions that will illustrate your point. For example:

  • Big - As you yell "Big," move your arms in a huge circle.
  • Tobacco - As you yell "tobacco," pretend you are smoking a cigarette.
  • Kills - As you yell "kills," you can drop to the ground, and pretend that you died.

Remember, you are representing RAZE. Don't be vulgar or rude. If anyone asks you to stop or leave, simply reply, "Sure. No problem."

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every performance your flash mob gives.
Grim Reaper

A teen dressed in a Grim Reaper outfit stands outside a place of business that sells tobacco products. The Grim Reaper represents Big Tobacco and talks to individuals coming and going about the manipulation of Big Tobacco and tobacco education facts.

**It is important to avoid picking on smokers. They are the victims!

The Grim Reaper can pass out information regarding the West Virginia Tobacco Quitline, clean indoor air regulations and other issues of importance to the local community.

You’ll need a Grim Reaper costume with a "Big Tobacco" sign the on chest, thank-you cards and permission from the landowner to perform this commotion.

Best Place to Perform Commotion

  • Tobacco shops
  • Convenience stores
  • Grocery stores

NOTE: You must get permission from the property owner. Since the tobacco shops, convenience stores and grocery stores will most likely NOT give you permission to harass their customers, it is best to find one of these stores with land adjacent that is public property or the owner gives you permission to use it.

How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for every day the Grim Reaper is outside a business.
Guessing Game

More people die from tobacco related diseases than from car accidents, alcohol, drugs, AIDS, suicides and murders combined.

Fill display jars with marbles, candy or other small promotional items proportionate to the following statistics:

  • 16 – Number of people in U.S. who die each day from cocaine, crack heroin and morphine use
  • 117 – Number of people in U.S. who die each day from a car accident
  • 38 – Number of people in U.S. who die each day from AIDS
  • 129 – Number of people in U.S. who die each day from alcohol (includes drunk driving)
  • 1,212 – Number of people who die each day from tobacco related causes (including secondhand smoke)

Then, ask participants to identify what cause of death is represented by the number of items in the jar, and submit their guesses into a ballot box. The correct answer could be displayed or announced over the loudspeaker. The winners could win a gear item to encourage participation.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every display or table that includes this game.
Handouts and Giveways

Giving away free stuff always works!

This commotion encompasses anything & everything you give away to spread the message. Pamphlets, brochures, candy, RAZE gear—anything you distribute with the RAZE logo or message on it!

Keep spreading the word!

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every day that your Crew does giveaways or handouts.
Hanging Stuff

Posters, signs, magnets, etc.

Hanging posters, signs, banners, magnets, etc. with the tobacco prevention message on them is considered a commotion.

When hanging something up at the school, always request permission from the principal.

When hanging things in the community, go through the appropriate channel to make sure everything you hang up is legal and has appropriate permission.

Be sure to follow the code of conduct when choosing materials to hang up.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each batch of signs your Crew hangs up. One batch must have at least 15 signs or posters.
Health Fair Display or Booth
Set up a RAZE booth or tent and provide the public with information about tobacco use. Get creative with handouts and don't forget to feature your RAZE tablecloth for your space! How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each table your Crew has at an event. If it is a multi-day event, record one Commotion per day.
Hospital Bracelets

Collect the names of friends and family members of your friends and peers who have passed away due to tobacco related diseases. Then, write the names of the deceased onto hospital bracelets.

Make the bracelets into a chain and display them in your school or community. The point is to have a strong visual that portrays the devastating effect that tobacco has in your community.

How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for every bracelet chain your Crew makes and displays.
Jar of Tar (Clem's Phlegm)

You'll need one jar of tar. You can purchase one at healthedco.com or borrow one from the Raze lending library.

Description:

  • Show participants jar of tar (you may pass it around or allow participants to pass it around)
  • Tell audience that the substance in the jar is tar, which is the sticky, gooey substance found in tobacco.
  • The amount of tar found in the jar represents what one person accumulates in their lungs if they smoke one pack a day for one year. Ask participants to think how much of this nasty stuff they would have in their lungs over the years, considering how addictive tobacco products are

This commotion is even more effective if you combine it with the "Pig's Lungs" demonstration.

How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for every event or display table where the tar jar is used

Jeopardy Game

Bring one of America's longest running game shows to your area and learn about the dangers of tobacco consumption.

You'll need:

  • The complete Jeopardy game set
  • Television or LCD projector

You can obtain the game with preset questions from the American Lung Association Lending Library:

Laura Williams

laura.williams@lung.org

304-984-6074

To play, hook the game set to your television or LCD projector by following the instructions in the Quickstart Guide, which accompanies the game set. Next, insert the Classroom Jeopardy CD-ROM in to a computer and launch the Editor Installer icon. Through this process, you can edit the questions and make them related to tobacco prevention.

You can recruit between 1 and 6 teens per remote.

Make sure to practice before running the game.

How to count this Commotion: Record one Commotion for each day your Crew performs this game.
Living Petition
IT'S TIME TO PUT YOUR COMMITMENT TO TOBACCO-FREE LIVING IN WRITING. 1. Create t-shirts with the hashtag #LivingPetition display across the chest. Head to the RAZE resources page to download a t-shirt transfer. 2. Ask friends, family and strangers to sign the shirt to petition for tobacco free living. Even those not wearing a shirt can recruit others to sign and document the petition with photos. 4. Share your photos of your completed shirts and let us know how many signatures you received on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Hashtag #LivingPetition and your Crew name. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each time your Crew creates t-shirts.
Love Letters
Have Crew Members write a letter to a relative or loved one asking them to quit using tobacco and telling them why they want them to quit. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for each group of letters your Crew writes.
Make a Video or Commercial
Crew members develop a video commercial from start to finish. They write the script, assign parts and act out the commercial. The commercial is played through a school media device such as a TV during lunch, half-time in the cafeteria during sporting events or shared with RAZE on social media. How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every commercial created and one Commotion for every time the commercial is played.
Make Your Own Cigarette

This commotion is like Make Your Own Dip, only with cigarettes.

We all know there's more than tobacco in spit, and there's more than tobacco in cigarettes, too.

Many of these chemicals can also be found around the house. You can expose what Big Tobacco doesn't want everyone to know by making your own cigarette.

Reserve a spot at a community event or schedule a presentation in class or at a school assembly to showcase your display (local festival, county fair, school health day, etc.)

Obviously we don't want you to use any of the "real" ingredients in your demonstration. While you know its dangers, there is always the chance that a small child may reach over and taste one of these poisonous ingredients when you aren't looking.

You can take containers with nothing on them and label them with the ingredients or substitute safer things like water or water with different food colorings. Crayola (that's right, the crayon people) makes little pellets that can be dropped into bath water and are non-toxic. Your audience will get the picture.

Present to your audience, or if you are at a health fair or similar event, set the products on a table with a list of other ingredients that can be found in cigarettes. Many people don't know this junk is in cigarettes.

  • Arsenic: used in rat poison
  • Acetic Acid: found in vinegar, hair dye, photo developing fluid
  • Acetone: main ingredient in paint thinner and fingernail polish remover
  • Ammonia: a typical household cleaning fluid
  • Benzene: found in rubber cement
  • Butane: cigarette lighter fluid
  • Cadmium: found in batteries and artist's oil paints
  • Carbon Monoxide: a poisonous gas found in car exhaust, as well as from other sources
  • DDT/Dieldrin: Insecticides
  • Formaldehyde: used to embalm dead bodies. This embalming fluid is often used to preserve small animals in biology classes, so check with your science teacher to find this one.
  • Hexamine: in barbecue lighter fluid
  • Hydrazine: used in jet and rocket fuels
  • Hydrogen Cyanide: used as a poison in gas chambers
  • Lead: a highly poisonous metal that used to be found in some paints
  • Napthalenes: used in explosives, moth balls, and paint pigments
  • Nitrobenzene: a gasoline additive
  • Phenol: used in disinfectants and plastics
  • Polonium-210: a highly radioactive element
  • Stearic acid: found in candle wax
  • Toluene: found in embalmer's glue
How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every table your Crew hosts with this display.
Make Your Own Dip

Show people what's in smokeless tobacco—yummy stuff like benzene, arsenic, and lead! Use the recipe, blend it all together, and offer people a dip!

Teens develop and present what is in spit tobacco. A blender and the various ingredients (all household items, mocked up to look like hazardous items) are used in this presentation. Make Your Own Dip can be done at school or community events, such as setting up a table at a high school sporting event, or at any community event. Make Your Own Dip can even be done outside a Wal-Mart in the parking lot.

These presentations should be 3-5 minutes, with approximately 5 minutes of questions afterward. Most likely, this presentation would be done many times throughout one day.

Below is a suggested script. Make changes (additions, deletions) as you see fit. It is important that you make each event your own, so add personality and style and any words that make you feel more comfortable (keep it clean) about the topic and your feelings about Big Tobacco.

Obviously, we don't want you to use any of the "real" ingredients in your demonstration. While you know its dangers, there is always the chance that a small child may reach over and taste one of these poisonous ingredients when you aren't looking. ONLY USE THE ALTERNATIVE INGREDIENTS SUGGESTED BELOW:

  • Water (formaldehyde)
  • 7up (Benzene)
  • Brown Sugar (Arsenic)
  • Lead (gray cake-decorating balls)
  • Red Man Chew (shredded beef jerky)
  • Blender
  • Table
  • 5 containers (to hold all 5 ingredients)
  • 5 labels for the containers - Formaldehyde, Benzene, Arsenic, Lead, Tobacco.
  • Empty "dip" container to present the final product after blending

Set up:

  • Put the five ingredients into each of their own containers with labels on them. We have suggested harmless ingredients above to replace dangerous ones. DO NOT USE THE REAL INGREDIENTS!
  • Place the ingredients to the left and right of the blender, which should be in the middle of the table
  • Place a RAZE banner or sign near the table

Suggested Script:

"Hi, my name is _________________ and I'm part of West Virginia's RAZE movement – a teen-led, teen-empowered anti-tobacco campaign.

Step right up and see what ingredients are in 'dip' and 'chew.' Big Tobacco would have you call it smokeless tobacco so that you would think it's less dangerous than smoking a cigarette. Guess again? This is the story Big Tobacco doesn't want you to hear. Look at these ingredients. First, you start with Tobacco. We've picked a beauty: Red Man.

(Put beef jerky in blender)

But, Big Tobacco doesn't stop there. You've got lead. That's right; lead is in 'dip' and 'chew.' How many of you read every day about the dangers of lead poisoning? It can lead to brain damage and even death if taken in large quantities or over a long period of time.

(Put cake-decorating balls into blender)

But, Big Tobacco doesn't stop there. 'Dip' and 'chew' also have Benzene in them. So, you don't know much about Benzene? Well, it is a highly flammable substance that is used in gasoline and paints. Long-term exposure is linked to leukemia. It can cause vomiting, rapid heart rate and reduce good red blood cells in your body.

(Add 7up to blender)

But, Big Tobacco doesn't stop there. Did you know that Arsenic is also in "dip" and "chew?" Arsenic. The chemical of choice for murderers and mystery writers. It's used in rat poison and can cause vomiting, abnormal heart rate and death.

(Add brown sugar to blender)

But, Big Tobacco doesn't stop there. You've got Formaldehyde. This stuff is used to preserve dead animals. It's an embalming fluid and, you guessed it, it's in 'spit' and 'chew' products.

(Add water to your blender)

Big Tobacco doesn't stop there. They add another 15 to 20 ingredients. Some we know about and some we don't because they refuse to tell anyone what other ingredients are included in 'spit' and 'chew.'

But, you wouldn't have a tobacco product if you didn't have this one last ingredient. What do you think it is? Nicotine. It's not bad enough that all those dangerous chemicals are in 'spit' and 'chew.' No, Big Tobacco has to hook you on it so they can slowly rot out your gums, throat, cheeks and mouth.

(Blend ingredients and present it in a "dip" container)

So, why does Big Tobacco include so much crap in 'dip?' Why don't you ask them?

If you don't think it's a problem in West Virginia...think about this: 13.6% of high school students say they've tried 'dip' or 'chew' in the past 30 days.

How to count this Commotion: record one Commotion for every table your Crew has with this display.
Memorial Wall

4,200 West Virginians die every year from tobacco use, but there are no memorials to remember the victims of Big Tobacco's lies. These victims are family members—fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, friends. Create a memorial wall out of poster board, plywood or some flat surface. Have students or community members write how Big Tobacco has affected their lives or the lives of loved ones on the wall. Display in a public place as a reminder of Big Tobacco's devastation.

How to count this Commotion: count one Commotion for every display your Crew creates.
Merchant Appreciation Letter

Let stores and businesses who sell tobacco know you appreciate it when they enforce the age limit for buying Big Tobacco's deadly products. Send this letter (copy and paste from below) to business owners who follow the rules and DO NOT sell tobacco to underage customers.

Note: The letter below is a template, so don't forget to fill in your own information in the areas indicated.

Copy everything after this line:

(DATE)

(Merchant Owner's Name)

(Merchant's Address)

Dear (Name),

I would like to thank you for your efforts in protecting West Virginia's youth from obtaining tobacco products at (Name of Business).

Each year, approximately 4,000 West Virginia teens start smoking. And each year, approximately the same number of West Virginians will die of tobacco-related causes.

Because of your diligence in abiding by our state's tobacco laws, we can be hopeful that these statistics will change for our future.

Although selling tobacco to minors is a misdemeanor with a fine ranging $10-300, many businesses fail to enforce the law. I recognize and appreciate your attention to the seriousness of selling such a dangerous product to teens.

Once again, thank you for your efforts and diligence in keeping West Virginia's youth tobacco free.

Sincerely,

(Name)

(School)

(RAZE Crew)

Mr. Gross Mouth/Dip Lip

You can purchase "Mr. Gross Mouth" or "Dip Lip" at the healthedco.com or ask your RTPC or AA to borrow one.

You can also contact the American Lung Association Lending Library:

Laura Williamslaura.williams@lung.org(304) 342-6600

These are display items or can be used as a supplement to a tobacco prevention presentation. If used in a presentation, tell participants that these are the effect of spit tobacco in your mouth. Your gums recede, your teeth rot and you may get cancer anywhere the tobacco juices touches – even down to your stomach!

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every table your Crew has with this display.
Newspaper Article
Earn commotion points when local media completes an article or covers events and activities about your Crew. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every time your Crew has an article or news coverage.
Not As Wacko As Tobacco Selfie
You couldn't look wackier using tobacco and knowing it's scary effects if you tried, but go ahead and try. Set-up a photo booth and invite friends to pose with goofy props and demonstrate their silliest expressions. Consider using funny filters, creating a photo frame or design a tobacco free sign. Post the photos to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Tag with #NotAsWackoAsTobacco. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every photo booth your Crew sets up.
Not Stuck on Tobacco Wall
Support the quitters in your life by creating a Not Stuck on Tobacco display. 1. Grab a bunch of sticky notes. Pick sticky notes in your school colors, choose orange to represent RAZE or get really creative and plan a mural! 2. Add messages of support to your sticky notes.This could be a personal note for someone in your life that uses tobacco or a general message of support for quitting. 3. Display your messages and create a Not Stuck on Tobacco display. Invite others to add their own messages of support. 4. Tag your photos and videos with #NicotineFreeWV. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every wall your Crew creates.
Old Sheet
For this commotion find a sheet or a pillow case that a smoker/smokers have used over the years that is stained by the breath of the user. The sheet even if it is a colored one will show the yellow color from the tobacco use. Create a display showing that this is another example of what smoking does in addition to staining the fingers or teeth. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every display your Crew creates.
Oreo Cookie
Supplies:
  • Pack of regular Oreo cookies
  • Pack of chocolate filled Oreo cookies

Hold up the regular Oreo cookie and ask everyone if they look like Oreos. Talk about how the white creamy filling is what makes the cookies so special. As you take the cookie apart, explain that this is the way you like to eat Oreos: to take the cookie apart and eat the middle first. As you open the cookie look out at the audience. Tell the audience the center of the cookie reminds you of a big shiny smile. Hold the cookie up and talk about how we try to keep our teeth looking just like the inside of this white Oreo cookie. Talk about all the products on the market to keep our teeth white and healthy (i.e. expensive whitening treatments and special toothpastes). Explain that as a society we spend millions each year on dental care, because we are so conscious of our teeth's appearance.

Put down the cookie and pick up a chocolate filled Oreo. While holding the cookie explain how certain things you eat can stain your teeth and keep them from looking like bright white to this—and open up the chocolate Oreo. Say one of the most devastating things a person can put in their mouth is tobacco products. Not only does smoking and chew tobacco turn your teeth a dingy yellow or brownish color but it also gives you chronic bad breath.

Compare the center of the chocolate cookie to the white filling in the other cookie. Explain that not only will tobacco products turn your teeth a brownish color but you can also lose your sense of taste. When you smoke, it raises the temperature in you mouth to 107.6 F° (wow). No wonder people who smoke have brownish-colored teeth! That is like putting your teeth in an oven with every cigarette. Can you imagine, if nicotine can turn your teeth brownish-yellow and they are covered with enamel, what can it do to the rest of your body?

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every presentation your Crew gives.
Parade

Create a RAZE float for homecoming and festival parades. Take the message to the streets!

Suggested ideas for your float:

  • Signs
  • Candy with anti-tobacco messages attached
  • Raze T-shirts, hats and other gear (wear it)
  • Bullhorns (shout out the facts)
How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every parade in which your Crew participates.
Pig Lung

For this commotion, you’ll need a set of pig lungs. You can obtain these from the American Lung Association Lending Library:

Below is a script for the Pig Lungs commotion:

Instructor: What is the first organ people think of when we discuss the dangers of smoking?

Answer: Lungs

(Set up Pig's Lung)Instructor: We will now cover some of the anatomical features of the lungs:

  1. The trachea is the long tube leading from the throat to the lungs (point to the trachea). It carries air through the mouth or nose to the bronchi. This is where food can get trapped and causes you not to be able to breathe.
  2. The bronchi branch are the main tubes in the lungs and act as a passage way for air into the lungs.
  3. The air then travels to the smaller vessels called the bronchioles to inflate the millions of tiny balloon like structures called the alveoli.
  4. A network of capillaries covers the alveoli. It is through these tiny blood vessels that the exchange of gases takes place in the body.

Instructor:Let me explain: When we breathe, air is carried through the passage we just described. As it reaches the alveoli, oxygen is absorbed through the thin walls into the capillary blood system and carried throughout the arteries to the tissues and organs. Our organs and tissues must be nourished with oxygen in order to survive.

A waste gas called carbon dioxide is also carried through the veins and returned to the lungs to be exhaled. If our lungs don't function properly, the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide will be altered and the whole body will be affected.

Instructor:Let's look at the lungs and find some of its abnormalities. What about the color? Are they the color of healthy lungs?

Answer: No

Instructor: What color are healthy lungs?

Answer: Pink

Instructor:Right! Healthy lungs are pink. When we smoke, carbon and tar from tobacco settle in the lung tissue causing color change.

Instructor: Point to the malignant tumor – What do you think this might be?

Answer: A tumor

Instructor:Yes a cancerous tumor. This tumor has grown until it blocked the bronchiole that supplies air to the lower lobe of the lung. So what has happened?

Answer: That part won't inflate.

Instructor: Yes, less gasses are exchanged through our lungs, what happens when part of the lungs do not function or are removed?

Answer: Less gasses are exchanged.

Instructor: Yes, less gasses are exchanged, which means the organs and tissues will not receive as much oxygen and the body will start to retain wasted gas, carbon dioxide. Without oxygen, the organs will begin to shut down. So most of the time, the person will have to use supplemental oxygen. I am sure you have seen those people or know someone who requires the use of supplemental oxygen. They usually are pushing or carrying a tank and have small tubes in their nose. Also, the retained carbon dioxide begins to lower the body's pH causing it to become more acidotic. The increase of CO2 and acidosis cause the organs too basically fry inside the body. In an effort to combat these changes the heart begins to beat harder and faster, work harder to stabilize the bodies pH. Eventually, overworked and under-oxygenated, they too will fail.

Instructor: So you see, the lungs are not the only organs affected by smoking. Smoking affects the entire body. At this time also point out visible tumor and explain that it can cause ill effects to the lungs and is very likely to spread throughout the body.

Instructor: Now let’s look at the bubbles on lungs. They are over inflated alveoli. Smoking causes the lungs to become damaged and they soon develop fibrosis or become stiff and lose their elasticity. Eventually they will become weak and remain over inflated, sort of like the weak spot on the surface of a balloon. Like the balloon, the lungs become vulnerable to holes that will allow air to escape from the lungs into the area between the lung the ribs and the diaphragm. This causes two problems:

  1. The lungs can no longer hold air
  2. The air in the chest cavity causes a pressure against the lungs as they attempt to inflate. This condition causes the person severe distress and they must go to the hospital for treatment.

Instructor: What muscle to you primarily use to breathe?

Answer: The diaphragm. The diaphragm is shaped like a rainbow under the ribs. It flattens to generate a negative pressure in the thoracic cavity, pulling on the lungs and causing them to inflate. It arches again during exhalation. When the lungs become overinflated, the ribs spread to make room for them, causing the diaphragm to flatten, disabling it from being used for breathing.

Instructor: So what do you think happens when the use of the diaphragm is lost?

Answer: We start using other muscles, such as ones in the neck. Sit on the desk and place hands on side of your chair to demonstrate breathing using neck muscles and shoulders, lifting shoulders with each breath.

It is difficult for the person to breathe using this technique and soon the neck muscles will become very large and distended. (Swollen)

Instructor: Does anyone have a family member or a friend with Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease?

If yes answer ask: What characteristics have you noticed? Barreled chest – caused from over inflated lungs. Large neck muscles – from overuse. Short of breath – from lack of oxygen. Blue fingers, blue lips, gray skin – from lack of oxygen and increased carbon dioxide. Clubbed fingers – from lack of oxygen. Under weight – from burning so many calories to breathe, and difficulty eating due to shortness of breath. Yellow teeth fingernails, bad breath. The pig's lungs are virtually indistinguishable from those of a 140 – 160 lb. human. The black lung simulates a person who has smoked a pack a day for the last 10 years.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every presentation your Crew gives.
Pledge a Helping Hand

Know someone who smokes or uses spit tobacco? Are you ready to help them quit? Odds are there are others in your community ready to help their friends and loved ones quit- so make it official and pledge to help a person you know be tobacco-free... for good.

Build a banner that communicates what people who sign the pledge are promising to do for their friend or loved one. Make sure RAZE is mentioned somewhere on the banner. Make sure you leave enough room for lots of signatures!

Hang the banner for several days at a place where many people will see it. Don't forget to invite teens to sign the banner by making announcements or handing out flyers about the banner. You can create pledge cards and pass them out to be pasted onto the banner as well.

When the banner is full, hold an event and announce the number of pledge signatures you collected. You can invite the people using tobacco to the event to help them understand how much being tobacco-free means to the people who pledged their support.

Take pictures and post them to RAZE social media sites.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every banner your Crew creates.
Poster Contest

Looking for a way to spread the word about tobacco's harmful effects? Have a poster contest at your school or in your community!

Encourage participants to focus on tobacco issues that are prevalent at your school or in your community, whether it's e-cigarettes/vapes/Juuls, smokeless tobacco, or cigarettes. Display the winning posters at your Crew's location. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every poster contest your Crew sponsors.
Quotes

Expose Big Tobacco’s lies by posting them for the world to see.

Find some industry quotes – go to www.tobaccofreekids.org, www.tobacco.org, or www.no-smoke.org, and copy some industry quotes about teen marketing to posters or banners. Make sure you include the RAZE logo to let everyone know who made them. Post the banners in an area where lots of people can see them—in parks, outside the gym at a basketball game, or a prominent place in the community.

If you want to add to the Commotion and make it an event or mini-play, you could create a phony game show in which contestants must answer what company is quoted to win.

NOTE: You must get permission from property owners. If you conduct this commotion at a school, talk to the principal.

Sample quotes:

Philip Morris:

"Today’s teenager is tomorrow’s potential regular customer, and the overwhelming majority of smokers first begin to smoke while still in their teens.The smoking patterns of teenagers are particularly important to Philip Morris."

Brown and Williamson:

"Kool's stake in the 16 to 25-year-old population segment is such that the value of this audience should be accurately weighted and reflected in current media programs. All magazines will be reviewed to see how efficiently they reach this group."

Lorillard Tobacco:

"[T]he base of our business is the high school student."

U.S. Tobacco:

"Cherry Skoal is for somebody who likes the taste of candy, if you know what I’m saying."

How to count this Commotion: If you create posters with quotes, count one Commotion for every group of posters your Crew creates. If you create a skit or game show-type presentation, count one Commotion for every presentation your Crew gives.
RAZE Art

Spread the word of RAZE with chalk, spray paint, posters or street art. But get permission! We aren't criminals!

Teens with artistic ability gather to design art on wooden boards, canvases, poster board or even on a street, driveway, or building (after getting prior approval from the building owner). This is an opportunity for teens with creative and artistic ability to express themselves and fight Big Tobacco.

You’ll need paintable board or canvases, art supplies, chalk or temporary paint for “wash away art,” and paper and pencils to sketch ideas.

RAZE Banner

Display the RAZE banner at an event. It’s that easy!

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every event at which the banner is displayed.
RAZE Celebration
Conduct a meeting or service (this could be a church service or youth meeting) wearing RAZE shirts. Following the service, host a reception utilizing your RAZE tablecloth, decorations and provide RAZE information on the tables. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every celebration your Crew hosts.
RAZE Costumes

Have one of your crew members wear a RAZE costume such as the Ciggy Butts, Snuff Can or Orange Man costume during school or community events. Pass out Raze info or info on the health effects of tobacco. You can order Ciggy Buttz here: healthedco.com How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each event at which a Raze member wears a costume.

RAZE Crew in Mourning

The RAZE crew dresses in black and doesn't speak to anyone for the whole day. Here's the hard part—you must act like you don't hear your friends when they're speaking to you. The only people that will know what is going on is the Administration, so you MUST get permission first! At the end of the day, one of the RAZE members will make an announcement telling the student body that the silence they have witnessed throughout the day is permanent when a person is faced with a tobacco related illness.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each day your Crew performs the activity.
RAZE INFORMATION CENTER
Collect a variety of literature concerning the consequences of using tobacco products, about various ingredients in tobacco products and second hand smoke; get a free handing book rack/literature rack or use one that is already in the media center or library and place it in a high traveled area. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each information center your Crew sets up.
RAZE Ladder Golf
Take a regular Ladder Golf game and place RAZE Stickers on the ladder. Place crew members close by the activity to give facts about tobacco addiction. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each event at which this game is played.
RAZE Recruitment
Set up a booth or tent and recruit new members for your Crew! How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each recruitment booth or tent your Crew sets up.
RAZE Your Game
Create a banner for your school or community group with a pledge to "Raze the Game" by remaining tobacco-free. Have athletes to sign the pledge and display at your school, field/gym/court, or other public area. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every banner created and displayed.
RAZE-sponsored Dance

Trying to show that they are better ways to spend your time without tobacco? Have your Crew sponsor a dance at your school or in your community to spread the word about tobacco and its harmful effects! Make sure to display Raze banners, wear Raze gear, pass out information, and/or have tobacco facts announced during the dance.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each dance your Crew sponsors.
Reasons Why Tobacco is Scary!
RAZE members have a foam white board with the title on it. Have ghost and skull cutouts that people can write reasons why tobacco is scary. Display the board in your school or other public place for others to see. A great Commotion around Halloween! How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each board created and displayed.
Red Ribbon Week
During Red Ribbon week, have your Crew distribute ribbons at school or in the community, pass out literature about the dangers of tobacco, or speak at Red Ribbon presentations. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each event in which your Crew participates.
Scavenger Hunt

Ever wonder how many tobacco ads or products you see a week? Now's your chance to get the answer – a tobacco scavenger hunt!

Set a start and end date for the scavenger hunt, and hand out score sheets for players to keep track of what they see as they go to school, hang out, or go to work. Anything with a tobacco brand name or brand symbol on it counts.

Take all the players' score sheets and add them together. Once you've documented the pro-tobacco messages that you see every day, publicize what you've found. You can even create a scavenger hunt with your mobile phone – just take pictures of everything you find.

Use a copier and paper to make enough copies of the checklist below.

Record from your log the total number of smoking messages you found. Record the number of smoking messages you found in each place listed below and the number of promotions you saw for each brand.

NUMBER FOUND IN EACH PLACE ____ Ashtray ____ Backpack ____ Billboard ____ Book cover ____ Book bag ____ Briefcase ____ Brochure ____ Bumper sticker ____ Bus ____ Calendar ____ CD/tape cover ____ Convenience store display ____ Coupon/coupon dollars ____ Cutout poster ____ Flashlight ____ Grocery store offers ____ Hat ____ Internet ____ Jacket ____ Key chain ____ License plate ____ Magazine/newspaper ad ____ Magazine/newspaper coupon ____ Package/box ____ Playing cards ____ Poster/sign ____ Radio ad ____ Scoreboard ____ Shirt/T-shirt ____ Shopping cart ____ Sleeping bag ____ Sticker ____ Sweater/sweatshirt ____ Taxi ____ Other _________________ ____ Other _________________ ____ Other _________________ ____ Other _________________ NUMBER OF CIGARETTE BRAND PROMOTIONS ____ Basic ____ Benson & Hedges ____ Camel ____ Doral ____ GPC ____ Grim Reapers ____ Kool ____ Liquid Zoo ____ Marlboro ____ Merit ____ Newport ____ Omni ____ Salem ____ Virginia Slims ____ Winston NUMBER OF SMOKELESS TOBACCO BRAND PROMOTIONS ____Ariva ____Beech-Nut ____Copenhagen ____Kodiak ____Levi Garrett ____Red Man ____Red Seal ____Silver Creek ____Skoal ____Stonewall ____Timber Wolf TOTAL NUMBER OF MESSAGES: _________

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each time this Scavenger Hunt is done.
School Announcements
If your RAZE crew is in a school, make an announcement using the intercom system about an upcoming RAZE event, tobacco-related facts or even perform a commotion. These announcements may also include information about what your RAZE Crew is doing to support a larger event like Red Ribbon Week.

Once you decide what message you want to spread, make sure you get proper permission in your school and schedule a time and date and decide who will be making the announcement.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each set of announcements your group does.
Showing Tobacco Videos

Show a video at your school or in your community to spread the word about tobacco and its harmful effects. After viewing the video with a group, the Raze Crew will lead a discussion with the audience about the video and tobacco dangers.

To get videos, please contact the American Lung Association Lending Library:

Laura Williamslaura.williams@lung.org(304) 984-6074

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each time your Crew shows a video and leads a discussion with the audience.
Skit or Play
Write, direct, and perform a skit or play about tobacco. Be as creative and inventive as you can! How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each time the play or skit is performed.
Slideshow

Looking for a way to show off all of your pictures from your Crew's activities throughout the year? Create a slideshow using PowerPoint or the presentation app of your choice to show pictures and other fun RAZE facts and show them off at your school or community centers.

Another option is to take print-outs of pictures and other RAZE materials and post them on a display to show everyone what your Crew is about!

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each slideshow or display created.
Social Media Post
Post social media updates with pictures of your Crew and use the social media outlet to share upcoming events. Don't forget to tag RAZE on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and use appropriate hashtags. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each post per platform.
Sound of Death

This presentation shows the sheer volume of deaths caused by tobacco as opposed to deaths from drugs, alcohol, homicides, etc. It is particularly impactful at the end of a discussion with youth about the dangers of tobacco.

You'll need:

  • Ball bearings or other hard objects such as pennies, BBs or popcorn kernels (approximately 1,800). Pre-count these objects as indicated below (statistics of deaths). For ease of re-using without having to recount, empty prescription bottles can be labeled for each cause of death. After the activity, the objects can be returned to the bottles.
  • 1 large can (e.g. coffee can) for tobacco.
  • 5 cans in descending sizes for alcohol, AIDS, auto accidents, heroin/morphine and cocaine/crack.
  • 6 empty prescription bottles to hold pre-counted BBs or other selected objects.
  • Labels for cans & bottles (you can label your poison e.g., alcohol, AIDS, tobacco, etc.)

STATISTICS ON DEATHS:(NOTE: Deaths represent the number of people who die EACH DAY in the US from these causes)

  • Start-up (just drop one BB in the can so they connect it with the sound of death)
  • 7 - Number of people in US who die each day from cocaine and crack
  • 9 - Number of people in US who die each day from heroin and morphine
  • 117 - Number of people in US who die each day from car accidents
  • 38 – Number of people in US who die each day from AIDS
  • 129 – Number of people in US who die each day from alcohol (includes drunk driving)
  • 1,212 – Number of people who die each day from tobacco related causes (tobacco or secondhand smoke)

What to do:Create a somber mood for the activity. Have the audience close their eyes and ask them to think of someone they know that smokes or has smoked. Do they know of someone that has lung cancer or emphysema? Perhaps they know a smoker that has a smoker's hacking cough, one of the earliest signs of damage.

  • Drop one BB into a small can and ask them to think of that as someone who has died. Explain that each sound they hear is another death that day.
  • Starting with 7 BBs for cocaine and crack, drop them slowly into a can.
  • Proceed with heroin and the others, ending with tobacco.

Talking PointsKids may relate 1,292 deaths each day in US to other events that cause death that we think are terrible, yet tobacco companies get away with it every day. Some comparisons to use are:

  • On September 11, 2,830 people died when the planes hit the World Trade Center towers. Every two days, that many people die from tobacco related causes.
  • When a jumbo jet crashes, 400 people may loose their life. What would we think if 3 jumbo jets crashed every day in America? Yet, we accept tobacco deaths?
  • Compare the number of tobacco related deaths each day to the number of students in your school (e.g. 600 students). Imagine if twice the number of people in this school died today?

Optional: The BBs can also be placed in envelopes that are sealed and labeled with the cause of death and the number of people. Hand the envelopes out to selected children and have each one come to the front, announce the death they have and have them open the envelope and pour into the appropriate can.

Note: Timing is very important in this demonstration. If you pour the BBs to quickly, the impact will be diminished. If you pour to slowly, the audience may feel that you are over-dramatizing. A pause after the last BB is dropped gives the audience time to reflect on what you are communicating. Using an amplifier or microphone makes the sound effect even greater.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each performance your Crew gives of this presentation.
Sticky Man

Use students to show the negative effects of tobacco use.

Ask for student volunteers who are willing to write, and hand each some stickers. Explain to the remaining students that you want them to think of all the negative effects of tobacco use. As students call out effects, have the two volunteers write that item down on a sticker

Example: student suggests: Wrinkles. One volunteer writes "wrinkles" on a sticker.

The activity continues until every student has a chance to mention a negative effect of tobacco on a person's body, or until they run out of ideas.

Now ask for a volunteer student to come up front. The students with stickers will go up front and begin to call off the words on their stickers. As they do so, have them hand the sticker to the volunteer to put on the body part affected. When the activity is complete, the students will see that tobacco affects just about the entire body in a negative way.

Alternative: Instead of a student volunteer to place stickers on their body, ask a student to lay down on a large sheet of paper and trace their outline. Then, affix the stickers to the appropriate area on the paper.

How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each time your Crew performs this Commotion for a new group.
Taking Down Tobacco 101 Online Training
Have Crew members visit takingdowntobacco.org, create an account, and take the "Taking Down Tobacco 101" online training. Once half the members in your Crew have completed this training, you can register this as a Commotion! *Please note that this training should be completed by individual Crew members and NOT as a group! How to count this Commotion: Once half of the members in your Crew have completed your training and turned in their certificates, register this as a Commotion.
Tear Down Tobacco Ads
Make a collage mural from tobacco ads to decorate the hallway at your school, community meeting place, or other public area. Ads can be used from magazines, newspapers, or the internet. Decide on the main message for your mural and be sure to display the message in big, bold letters so the community knows you're trying to tear down Big Tobacco's advertising lies! How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for every mural your Crew creates and displays.
The Struggle to Breathe

Participants will experience the struggle an emphysema victim has while breathing and understand the correlation between emphysema and smoking cigarettes.

You'll need a small, thin straw for each participant, a stopwatch or a watch with a second hand on it, a balloon and an empty water bottle.

Before beginning, please alert attendees who may have an allergy to latex, and any attendees who may have asthma or difficulty breathing.

Some questions and facts to use when presenting:

  1. Tell me what you know about cigarettes. Get responses.
  2. When you inhale a cigarette are you taking in oxygen? No. You are putting lots of chemicals in your body, but not oxygen.
  3. Does your body need oxygen to live? Yes.
  4. Does oxygen help build your brain? Yes.
  5. The chemicals in a cigarette make your lungs work incorrectly and you cannot breathe properly.
  6. Let's run in place for 1 minute. I will time you.
  7. That wasn't so bad, was it?
  8. This time I want you to do the same thing but I want you to hold your nose and breathe through this little straw while running in place for 1 minute.
  9. Stop. Was this more difficult?
  10. Raise your hand if you can describe how you felt running with your nose plugged and breathing through the little straw. Get responses.
  11. People who smoke a lot get a disease called EMPHYSEMA. It prevents you from taking in a full lung of air and breathe it back out.
  12. Get a volunteer to blow up the balloon. See how it expands?
  13. Now let’s try to blow up the balloon inside this water bottle. Is this easier?
  14. It is difficult. The balloon cannot expand like it needs to. Just like your lungs get when you have emphysema.
  15. Do we want to smoke or be around secondhand smoke that makes it hard for us to breathe? Absolutely not!
How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each time your Crew presents this Commotion to a new group.
Tobacco Ball
Use the Clever Catch Tobacco Beach ball to help players catch the truth about tobacco with the 75 questions about the dangers of tobacco printed on the surface of this ball. This is a great game for health, school, or community fairs. Gather a group, arrange everyone in a circle, and send the ball flying. When someone catches the ball, they answer the question underneath where their finger touches the ball. If they don't know the answer, have the group help out! To order a ball visit Health Edco here. You can also borrow one from the ALA Lending Library by contacting Laura Williams at laura.williams@lung.org. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each event at which this game is played.
Tobacco Does Not Make CENTS!
Help raise awareness about the costs of tobacco with a penny drive. First, review the stats on the costs of tobacco use in West Virginia at www.tobaccofreekids.org/problem/toll-us/west_virginia Choose a stat and set a goal to raise pennies to represent that stat. Pick a tobacco prevention charity to receive the money collected or plan your own tobacco prevention project that needs funding. For example, at the 2017 Tobacco Free Day, Crews raised 47,000 pennies to represent the the 47,000 young West Virginians alive today that will die prematurely of smoking if something doesn't change. Set-up a booth and ask your friends and family members to donate their spare change for CHANGE. Don't forget to share facts about the costs of tobacco on West Virginians. Once you've reach your goal, put the funds you've raised to work. Don't forget to post photos of your progress to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Tag with #TobaccoDoesNotMakeCents How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each penny drive your Crew undertakes.
Tobacco Free Day
Celebrate Tobacco Free Day at the W. Va. state capitol with your fellow Crew members and RAZE Crews. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each Tobacco Free Day your Crew attends.
Tombstones
Create tombstones to display facts about deaths from tobacco in West Virginia and the United States.

To make your own tombstone:

  • Head to your local home center.
  • Purchase a can of FLAT BLACK spray paint or speckle paint.
  • Purchase several sheets of Styrofoam insulation. It comes in all sizes and thicknesses. The thicker, the better. You might also get some thinner stuff to add to the front of the main headstones (more later.)

Some sheets are small, but others may be too big to fit into the car. Now you'll use a pair of scissors or any other object to cut through the Styrofoam (make sure it is OK to use such object on school grounds).Even if you buy a gigantic 4 foot by 8 foot chunk of styrofoam (VERY INEXPENSIVE) you can rough cut it into small squares that will fit in your car or trunk!

Trace out a pattern (hint: leave protective coating on for drawing & cutting). Use that same pair of scissors to carefully and safely cut out several gravestone shapes. Break off or carve out cracks and edges to make them "older" looking.

For some DELUXE tombstones, take that thin Styrofoam and cut out some shapes. You can cut out several squares and stick them to the bigger, thicker headstones to give a brick or black effect. The best way to get them to stick is to apply a little glue and then (and most importantly) take some small nails or even straightened-out paper clips (anything small and rigid) and stick it through the small piece tacking it onto the big piece. You're essentially "nailing" the brick to the headstone.

Use spray paint to add the final touches to your tombstone. BE SURE TO SPRAY IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA! There's no need to be precise, a random uneven spray pattern will look more realistic.

Once your tombstones are created, display at your school, community center, or along a roadway. BE SURE TO GET PERMISSION from the owner of the land before displaying. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each tombstone display your Crew creates and puts in a location.
Touched by Tobacco
Create a display that shows how many of West Virginia's youth have been affected by tobacco. Trace hand prints and invites individuals to write about the ways they have been touched by tobacco. Display the hand prints in a public space. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each display of hands your Crew creates and displays.
Unglamour Shots
Find a prominent location to use as your studio (get the necessary permission of course). Use make-up and other materials to give your friends the full tobacco treatment. Have them swish around the yellow food coloring in their mouths for yellow teeth. Add some dark circles under the eyes. Grab some prunes and chew them up until they resemble chewing tobacco – make sure to get that spit drip! Go here for some inspiration: http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/ss/slideshow-ways-smoking-affects-looks. Make a sign for glamour shot subjects to hold that says "Tobacco Unglamour Shots". Upload your pics to social media using the hashtag #UNGLAMOURSHOTS How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each event at which your Crew performs this Commotion.
Wearing RAZE Gear
Spread the message about RAZE by wearing your favorite RAZE t-shirt or other RAZE branded gear. How to count this Commotion: Count one Commotion for each day at least half your Crew wears Raze gear.