E-Cigarettes: A Dangerous Trend

Teens now use e-cigarettes more than any other nicotine-containing product. In this lesson, students gain a scientific understanding of the known hazards and potential risks of electronic cigarettes, which contain the same addictive nicotine found in cigarettes. Includes an adapted version for grades 4-6 reading level. 


Lesson Plan Highlights:

  • Reading suggestions
  • Student activity sheets
  • Student article
  • Teacher's prompts

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills:

  • Analyzing and interpreting information, data, and/or evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding health effects and risks

Time / Duration:

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts


  • English

Academic Standards:

    Common Core State Standards

    • RST.7. Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table)
    • W.1. Write arguments to support claims using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence

    National Council for the Social Studies

    • 8. Science, technology, and society

    National Science Education Standards

    • Personal health
    • Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

    Next Generation Science Standards

    • Analyzing and interpreting data

Teacher's Guide and Student Worksheet

Student Article