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Facts About Vaping, Health & Good Choices 11-28-18

posted Mar 15, 2019, 3:29 PM by Steven Smith   [ updated Mar 17, 2019, 7:32 AM ]

Startling Facts About Vaping, Health & Good Choices! 

The LAW says Hawai’i youth must be 21 or older to smoke or vape (that is, use an e-cigarette) but many perceive vaping as not as harmful as cigarettes. Yes, there is no tar in e-cigs, but there are other harmful ingredients and effects to consider, according to a growing body of scientific research. Inhaling e-cigs can cause damage to the lungs, such as “popcorn lung.” And what’s worse, most e-cigs, especially juul pods, deliver extremely high levels of harmful, addictive nicotine and some contain heavy metals.

Also, the hundreds of appealing flavors and fragrances available – from berries, bubble gum, cinnamon and mango to butter, seem fully intended to target youth. 

So what do our kids need to know about vaping to help them make better choices?

WMS Principal Janice English decided it was time to inform students about the facts, in part because being caught vaping or with vaping items at school can result in a 92-day suspension. Serious business.

So, in a fast-paced, high energy series of experiences, classes of students at WMS have explored the data together.

A quick “pre-test” launched the lesson with every student given a personal whiteboard shaped as paddles to be engaged, non-verbally, in checking for understanding. Students were asked questions to find out how much they actually knew about vaping (some did, some didn’t). Same was true, in fact, for teachers participating in the lesson.

Using a lesson plan from The Stanford Medical toolkit, Ms. English then shared a video clip and visuals about e-cigs. The magic was in the science. Students were taught that 59 mg of nicotine delivered instantly in a juul is equivalent to 13 drops of food coloring in 1 milliliter of water. 1 milliliter of water is about the volume of the first digit of your baby finger - it's really very little water to which students carefully added 13 drops of food coloring. This hands-on experiment let students immediately see how dark - or intense - the concentration was -- a powerful moment of realization.

No one really knows what the long term effect vaping has on the body, but it is known that inhaling heated steam and vapors can cause “popcorn lung.” So what’s that?

Miss English first explained diseases such as emphysema and COPD, then turned to "popcorn lung disease." To make the point about how damaging this can be, students were given a line drawing of human lungs and a heaping pile of freshly popped popcorn to entirely cover up one of the lungs.

“That’s what “popcorn disease” is like – all of the tiny cells in your lungs are damaged.” Students could see this very clearly. Moving on, kids were told they could eat the popcorn and did. Quickly.

After the mini lesson, students did a partner read and played an online game called Kahoot to test and reiterate wha they had learned from the presentation, their reading and hands-on experiences.

Concluding the class, students were asked to reflect on the lesson – was it helpful? Did they learn something? They were ask to evaluate the lesson by giving it 10 fingers – if it was great, and 1 or a fist if it was not. Almost all rated the lesson an exuberant 10. And the bell rang ending the class.

A fascinating hands-on lesson about the scientific facts about vaping - what is ingested into your body and its effects on lungs and the  brain - was shared by WMS Principal Janice English with all students.

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