State law addresses tobacco use.
Tennessee Health Education and Lifetime Wellness Standard, Middle School Standard
Outline of health education requirement
Tennessee Health Education Standard. Substance Abuse. Health Risks. Grades 6-8.
Component: Substance Abuse and Use Subcomponent: Health Risks
Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
6.SUA.1 Identify differences between legal and illegal prescription drug use.
7.SUA.1 Explain how addiction negatively impacts physical and mental health in short- and long-term time frames.
8.SUA.1 Evaluate the impact of addiction on individuals, families, and communities including physical, emotional, and economic costs.
6.SUA.2 Summarize the effects of alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, and prescription and nonprescription drugs on the human body.
7.SUA.2 Summarize the effects of alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, and prescription and nonprescription drugs on personal judgment coordination. Summarize tobacco’s relationship to cancer.
8.SUA.2 Explain how misusing substances including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs can negatively impact each of eleven body systems.
6.SUA.3 Describe how the misuse of prescription medicines can progress to addiction to other harmful substances.
7.SUA.3 Explain the similarity between underage alcohol consumption and/or the use of tobacco and other drugs with addiction to opioids.
8.SUA.3 Describe effective ways to avoid riding in a vehicle with someone driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
6.SUA.4 Describe refusal skills and appropriate opioid usage.
7.SUA.4 Describe proper usage of over the counter opioids.
8.SUA.4 Explain experimental use and misuse of opioids such as painkillers. Explain the connection to addiction and use of substances such as heroin.