A student sends his younger brother a text message, saying he saw him out behind the school smoking with some other kids. Lil’ Bro tells him to back off and quit being a hypocrite, since he used to smoke too. But big brother doesnt give up.
This chat between brothers kicks off Tobacco Horror Picture Show, a hit documentary combining humor with horror in a memorable format to drive home the message that nicotine hooks you, while tar in tobacco kills you.
In the film, Debi Austin is a throat cancer victim who smokes through the stoma opening in her neck where her larynx used to be. Dramatic presentations by vampires and other horror genre characters are balanced with interviews from recovering teen smokers and dippers who offer sage advice to fellow students: Don’t start!
Peppered throughout, online chats reveal the older brother working tirelessly to convince the younger to quit smoking. The story ends positively when he’s finally successfuland even gets a public Facebook Thank you! from his own Lil’ Bro.
Suitable for middle and high school students. Viewing time: 24 minutes. 2010.