Reporting on the issue of Second Hand Smoke – A Grade 5 PYP Exhibition Action Project

Grade 5 Student James M. submitted this report in support for his action requirement for the work he is doing to complete his Grade 5 PYP Exhibition Project.


Second Hand Smoke is a big matter all over the world. It effects people’s health from a very young age to non-smoking adults.  It is caused by other smokers smoking near you and therefore making you inhale the smoke.

Every day people may unwillingly be exposed to second hand smoke in work, home, streets or doorways to buildings. And a large amount of those people are children. Children pick up alot of effects from second hand smoke like:

  • Ear infections
  • More frequent and severe asthma attacks
  • Respiratory symptoms ( e.g coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath)
  • Respiratory infections  ( i.e bronchitis, pneumonia)
  • A greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

In children aged 18 months or younger second hand smoke exposure is responsible for:

  • An estimated 150,000 – 300,000 new cases of bronchitis and pneumonia Annually  and
  • Approximately 7,500 – 15,000 hospitalizations annually in the USA

Lung Cancer

Non-smokers who are exposed to second hand smoke at work or home show increases in their heart disease risk by 25 – 30%
Second hand smoke exposure causes an estimated 3,400 lung cancer deaths annually among adult non-smokers in the US


James outlined his report for the school blog with Mr Schmidtberger.

by James M. Grade 5

We wish our Grade 5 students all the very best for the Exhibition afternoon and evening on Tuesday 21 May. It would be wonderful to see as many parents and friends of ISBerne drop by to check out the efforts of our oldest PYP students and to engage in some rather in-depth discussions about the ideas and issues that are close to the hearts of our children. It all begins from 16:00 in the Grade 5 homeroom and Elementary School library and goes until 18:30. Remember, you do not need to stay for the whole duration, but it would be great to see people drop in and support James and all the other students!

2 Comments on “Reporting on the issue of Second Hand Smoke – A Grade 5 PYP Exhibition Action Project”

  1. Scott says:

    Really interesting perspective, especially given we live in a country where laws about smoking might not be as strict as in other places around Europe.

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