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Role Play: Someone Is Smoking. What Can You Do?

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  • Scene 1
    Your in-laws are at your house visiting your family. Your spouse is at the store buying a few things. The rest of the family is sitting in the living room and talking. Your father-in-law asks you for an ashtray as he lights a cigarette. You know smoking around the children is harmful. What can you do?
  • Scene 2
    You and your family go to a friend's house to celebrate her son's birthday. There are many adults and children inside the house. A few of the guests are smoking, which is making the house very smoky. The smoke is hurting your throat and your daughter's eyes. You promised your friend you would help her, so you don't want to leave. What can you do?
  • Scene 3
    You go out to eat with a friend to celebrate a special occasion. You ask to sit in the nonsmoking section of the restaurant. The nonsmoking area is in a corner of the restaurant. There are no walls separating the smoking section from the nonsmoking section. As you order your meal, four people sit down a few tables away from you in the smoking section. They begin to smoke cigarettes. After a minute or two, you begin to smell their smoke at your table. You tell the waiter the smoke is a not good for your health. He says he can't ask them to stop because they are in the smoking section. What do you do?

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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Your Heart, Your Life, A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.

Last Updated March 2012

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