In this section, you will get the chance to work through three stories. These stories involve youth and community workers faced with different opportunities for conversations about shisha smoking. Try to put yourself in the shoes of these workers and decide how you would approach these situations. There are no incorrect answers, but you will be provided with some feedback for each option as well as some ideas for conversation starters around the harms of shisha smoking.
How might you do this while keeping in mind that as a youth worker, you are a role model for these young people?
How can you go about respectfully turning down this invitation?
This option lets you celebrate with the group but does not put you or the young people in a situation that has negative health impacts. It also provides a great opportunity to share some information about the harms of shisha smoking with these young people.
You also miss the opportunity to be a role model and share information about the harms of shisha smoking with the young people.
This may also compromise your position as a role model around health and wellbeing for young people.
This option shows that you value celebrating successes and does not put your health at risk through second-hand smoking. However, it is a missed opportunity to have a conversation with the young people about the harms of shisha smoking.
By choosing this option, you have the opportunity to inform the young people about the harms of shisha smoking. It removes you from a situation that compromises your health and wellbeing and makes it clear that you can’t approve of shisha smoking because of the health risks involved.
“I would love to celebrate with you but how about we go somewhere different for dinner? Shisha is actually really bad for your health.
You should check out the Shisha No Thanks website. There’s some great information on there about it.”
“Thanks so much for the invitation but I’m not going to attend because I don’t smoke shisha or go to places where people are smoking.
If you’re interested, I’d love to share some information with you about why I choose not to smoke it.”