Secrets Through The Smoke, an educational video for middle and high
school students and non-profit health organizations, is available as a free public health
service from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This 55 minute video, directed by actor/director Jeremy London, (Party of Five, I'll Fly
Away, Mall Rats) and hosted by Giselle Fernandez (Access Hollywood, Dancing with the Stars),
will share Dr. Wigand's story and provide firsthand information about the tobacco industry's
manipulation and obfuscation of the truth.
Many celebrities volunteered their services for this video including Jeremy, Giselle,
Christy Turlington, Rosie O'Donnell, and Eagle-Eye Cherry, who donated the theme song,
Secrets Through The Smoke is intended to inspire, educate, and provide topics for
critical thinking and discussion.
What facilitators and teachers are saying about Secrets Through The Smoke
Well done and excellent source of information. Provides the "Good Guys" with some ammo!
- U.S. Postal Service - Wellness Program
The students were able to see the other side of smoking - the true side. They were
able to recognize the propaganda being distributed by tobacco companies.
- Douglas Middle School, Douglas AL
The video was shown to teens in cessation class. The exposing of the industry's lies
about tobacco is motivating some students to quit using tobacco.
- Project B.U.T.T., Cochise County Health & Social Services, Douglas AZ
My students said it was the most informative presentation they have seen about tobacco.
Dr. Wigand is a true hero.
- Carlisle High School, Carlisle OH
The most valuable part was the gross anatomy showing exactly what could happen to
them. The section on the twins really created a lot of discussion.
- EF Middle School, Elizabeth PA
It was unlike any other video I've seen. It was the truth right in front of you. This
should be mandatory teaching across the U.S.
- Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Erie PA
Part 1 of the video really captivated my students. I paused the video often to
clarify, discuss and pose questions to my students. Your video made a huge impact on
my students' understanding of the tobacco industry and the effects of tobacco on health.
- Boyceville Middle School, Boyceville WI
I would recommend this to others because any young person needs to be reminded that
the tobacco industry is interested in making money - not about caring for humanity.
- Northwest Middle School, Taneytown MD
It thought the whole video was effective. The facts and famous people who spoke got
my classes' attention. It was an excellent educational resource. It told the truth and
it was not a scare tactic - but reality.
- Memorial Jr. High School, South Euclid OH
I felt the opening "trailer" really interested my students. While this video was intended for an older
audience, this age group related to the material and added to our discussion. In addition,
Dr. Wigand's appearance sparked communications related to the moral dilemma he faced. I
highly recommend this video for adolescents and adults. Children with above average
reading levels 12 and above had positive reaction to this tape as well. Teachers previewed
several tapes on the same subject and consistently chose this tape for the class room.
- St. Joseph's Catholic School, Garrett IN
It is so much better than the "Just Say No" [campaign]. It gives people a lot to think
about - especially how businesses will tell you anything to make money.
- Warren Area High School, Warren PA
This by far is the best tobacco prevention video I have seen. Not only does
it educate on tobacco realities, but it also provides an outlet to discuss morals and
standing up for what you believe in even though a HUGE company is against you. It goes
to show that the little guy can win ... BIG!
- APW High/Middle School, Syracuse NY
We need videos that alter the attitude and stimulate thinking. This video
does that! Also, young people react better when young 'hip' people are involved in
- Warren Central High School, Indianapolis IN
I have done previous studies concerning smoking/tobacco and find this video to be
- Franklin Community High School, Franklin IN
I believe this makes kids express their feelings. They absolutely believe that
smoking causes cancer and they so wish their parents would quit.
- Crosby High School, Waterbury CT
My students were impressed with the reality of the video. The Congressional hearings,
the pictures of the damage of smoking: the fat in the artery, the laryngectomee, the
mouth sores. One of my students said that this was the best video they had ever seen
- Roosevelt School, Kearny NJ
600 additives? WOW! Wigand's a HERO. Very impressive! Facts are hard to
dispute! Best video presentation I've seen!
- Maysville High School, Zanesville OH
Very catchy cinematography; nice, it kept moving to various scenes - lots were
recognized ... kids liked the twins part and where the "gross" stuff was done (like the
fat in the artery/woman with the stoma). They could relate it to many of the anti-smoking/anti-drug
commercials they've seen on TV lately.
- Owen-Withee High School, Owen WI
It's well done, current, graphic, and to the point. It caused a lot of class discussion. The
gross pictures of lung cancer, gum cancer, tongue cancer and throat cancer really got
them. Also, the fatty deposits squeezed out of the aorta also got them.
- Brea Jr. High, Brea CA
Dynamic video. Students focused throughout. It is hard to find good materials. This
one is GREAT!
- H V Jenkins High, Savannah GA
Each part is excellent. This is the best educational video addressing tobacco that
I have seen in my 31 years of teaching.
- Fairmont High School, Kettering OH
Excellent job! Highly recommended. The most up-to-date info on the use of tobacco
products that I have viewed. Thank you!
- Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove IL