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Activity 6: Flash Mob

Are you ready to do something out of the ordinary to raise awareness about tobacco? A flash mob should do the trick! Surprise people in a busy area with a sudden performance and a powerful message.

  • Points earned: 300
  • Chapter member needed: 5+
  • Prep time: 2
  • Supplies needed: Paper/poster board, markers, stereo (optional)

Doing the activity

STEP 1 – Location, location, location: Choose a busy area to stage your flash mob, like a downtown area or the school cafeteria. Make sure to secure permission before planning this event.

STEP 2 – Choose your message: As a group, decide what you want to focus on. Do you want to expose how Big Tobacco targets youth? Inform people about the dangers of smoking? Or tell everyone about your Chapter? Make the message simple and memorable.

STEP 3 – Plan your activity: Be creative! Think about the details. Remember, a flash mob is all about surprising people and getting their attention in a fun way.
Will your group:

  • Break out into a dance?
  • Hold up signs that spell out your message?
  • Come up with a cheer that everyone shouts at the same time?

Your Chapter members may want to coordinate signs or outfits on the day of the flash mob or give your audience a flyer following your flash mob that includes your message, or post your signs in school. Get school official permission, if needed.

STEP 4 – Take the stage: On the day of your planned flash mob, take your places and make sure everyone knows their role. Cue the music (or have a chosen signal), raise your signs, start dancing, and make your statement in a big way!

STEP 5 – Report back: Make sure someone takes photos or film a video during your flash mob. Have your Chapter Reporter cover the event and write about it on your Chapter page on to get points and attention!