Academic Lecture & Worksheet

The Dangers of Vaping

What is this lesson about?

This listening lesson is an academic lecture that looks at the rise in popularity of vaping or e-cigarettes. It discusses the different devices of vaping, the key health effects associated with vaping and concludes that more research is needed in this growing area.

Key quotes from the lecture:

The latest craze of vaping is something that may not yet be on everyone’s radar as a serious health concern.

Many people think that vaping devices produce only water vapour, and therefore, they are safe to use. But this could not be further from the truth.

There are over 15,000 different e-liquid flavours and multiple nicotine concentrations.

E-liquids are aerosols which contain propylene glycol and glycerine solvents, toxic metallic particles like chromium, cadmium and lead and large amounts of nicotine. All of which very little is known about their safety following long-term inhalation exposure.

The science on these devices has not been able to keep up with the rapid market growth, so regulations on the components of these devices and e-liquids are lagging.

We should get out of the habit of automatically celebrating such new technology and get into the habit of looking at them with a critical eye, perhaps even through a medical lens.

 Lesson – Pre-lecture Discussion

1. What do you know about vaping and/or e-cigarettes?

2. Can you define ‘vaping?

3. Have you ever tried this type of smoking?

4. What are the benefits of vaping?

5. What are the possible negative health effects of vaping

Video: What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin

Original TED Talk Video

Students watch the video and take notes and then answer the test questions.

Adapted TED Talk Video with PPT

AUTHENTIC PRACTICE [Print off PPT – 3 slides per page]: students listen and take notes using the PowerPoint and then answer the test questions.

Download the PowerPoint here

TED Talk Download: Both videos use the same worksheet.


What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettesSuchitra Krishnan-Sarin

TED TALK: This Ted talk discusses how vaping has become an epidemic in the U.S and some of the dangers of e-liquids. The lecture provides a background on different types of vaping, data on the rise of vaping in the US and its hidden dangers (Example). Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [10:38]   / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes – Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin

AEUK has created a PowerPoint for this talk: Download PPT. and also created a video that connects to the PPT: Video.

Authentic idea! Print off PPT slides (3 slides per page) and add notes while you listen, then answer the question sheet. 



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