PSHE/Citizenship GCSE: Cigarettes and the economy

An exploration of globalisation and the economy using teenager's 'stuff' as a starting point.

Interaction with a real teenager is combined with short animated clips to look at how tax and regulation works in relation to cigarettes.

A young man is challenged to question his smoking habits by learning about the growing health bill caused by cigarette smoking.

Britain has the highest tax level for cigarettes in the world, but still has to meet an annual smoking bill of £13.5 billion. However, there is also an illegal global trade of cheap and counterfeit cigarettes, which means governments lose billions in tax.

He learns how governments, the EU and WHO have fought with cigarette companies to regulate sales and advertising. However, cigarette companies still have more power in African countries, where many of them also provide money for aid.

This clip is from the series The World, My Stuff and Me.

Teacher Notes

The first section of the clip could be used to remind students about the taxation and the funding of public health.

From section 2 (from 3 minutes 30 seconds), students could be encouraged to record government interventions to reduce smoking and offer their thoughts.

A follow-on activity might be an investigation into whether the governments of developing countries should restrict tobacco development.

The key question asked to Jack at the end could be posed to the class.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE and Citizenship. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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