E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students gain a scientific understanding of the known hazards and potential risks of electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine in vapor instead of smoke. Activities encourage students to analyze how e-cigarette marketing strategies are designed and how they might influence teens. Includes a leveled version for grades 4-6 reading level. 


What's in the Lesson Plan:

  • Student article
  • Student work sheet
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Writing prompts
  • Reading suggestions

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills Targeted:

  • Understanding the known hazards and potential risks of e-cigarettes
  • Media literacy
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration:

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts

Alignment with National Standards:

  • Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • National Science Education Standards
  • National Council for the Social Studies


  • English

Teacher's Guide and Student Worksheet

Student Article