(Back on Jan. 14) – Teen vaping declared an epidemic

Daily News Article - December 19, 2018


1. What is an epidemic?

2. a) Who is the U.S. Surgeon General? Why did he call teen vaping an epidemic?
b) What did Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services say about teen use of e-cigarettes?

3. a) How many high school students currently use JUUL or similar products?
b) How much nicotine is in one JUUL pod?
c) What percentage of JUUL users aged 15-24 do not know that JUUL always contains nicotine?

4. a) What has JUUL said its goal is?
b) How sincere do you think this claim is? Explain your answer.
c) JUUL and other manufacturers say flavored pods are not meant to hook teens, but to make vaping more enjoyable for adults. What do you think of this assertion? Explain your answer.

5. What do nicotine salts do? What potential harm do nicotine salts pose to teens?

6. How are e-cigarettes more addictive than tobacco cigarettes, according to Dr. Jacques Fontaine, a lung specialist and surgeon at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa?

7. a) How do you think most teens will react to the Surgeon General’s warning?
b) Would raising the age to purchase / use JUUL products to 21 reduce the number of teens who vape? Explain your answer.

CHALLENGE: Test your knowledge. Take a quiz at the Surgeon General's website (scroll down to find the quiz).