Turkey, Wales, Normandy and parts of Canada have recently banned the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, and the EU is considering following their example. Campaigners in support of an EU-wide ban point out that nicotine from e-cigarettes may contribute to heart disease and cancers, as well as damaging the brains of developing foetuses. In this activity students decide whether they support a ban. They apply their knowledge of particle theory to decide whether exhaled nicotine can reach non-vapers nearby, and then learn to judge risks to decide whether the benefits of a ban on indoor vaping outweigh the risks.
- Particles: draw before and after diagrams of particles to explain observations
- Estimate risks: weigh up the benefits and risks of an application of science to make a decision
Blueprint curriculum link
- Unit: Substances & particles
- Concept: Particle model: Substances can be modelled as small particles in motion. Their energy and arrangement differs between states of matter
- Learning stage: Apply
- Skills: Decisions: Estimate the seriousness of the hazards of an experiment or technology
- Learning stage: Analyse
- Teachers guide
- Two powerpoint presentations (lesson 1 and 2)
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This article from the BBC contains links to many other relevant web pages
From Action on Smoking and Health, suitable for higher attaining students
From the British Medical Journal, suitable for teacher background