Hairy Tongue 2nd – 5th Grade


Hairy Tongue    2nd and 3rd Grade

What to say when making a presentation…

A Hairy Tongue is just another unpleasant consequence of smoking.

–    Everyone has stuff on their tongue that is just like the very small hair on the inside of forearms.  (It’s called papillae – “pa-pill-a”.)

–    When someone smokes, the tar builds up in the back area of the tongue.

–    The “hair” does not like this and begins to grow to push it off of the tongue.

–    The color of the tongue can vary from: white, yellow, green, brown or black.

–    A Hairy Tongue can begin to grow as soon as a person smokes their first cigarette.

–    The good news is that if someone quits smoking – this could go away

 

 

Hairy Tongue     4th and 5th Grade

What to say when making a presentation…

  •  Everyone has stuff on their tongue that is just as small as the very small hair on the inside of forearms.
  • It’s called papillae (pa-pill-a) and it is actually living “hair”.
  • When someone smokes or uses spit tobacco, the tar builds up in the back area of the tongue.
  • The “hair” does not like this and begins to grow to push it off of the tongue.
  • The color of the tongue can vary from: white, yellow, green, brown or black.
  • Everyone’s bodies are different and not everyone gets a hairy tongue, but a hairy tongue can begin to grow as soon as a person smokes their first cigarette.
  • The good news is that if someone quits smoking – this goes away, unless they developed cancer of the tongue.  In which case the tongue could need to be removed.
  • One of the advisors for our group used to run a group for people who were trying to quit smoking.  One person came up to her after a meeting and showed her his tongue.  It had hair all over it.
  • Can you imagine kissing someone with a hairy tongue?