Questions for “COVID-19 risk linked to vaping, but addicted kids find it hard to stop”
To accompany “COVID-19 linked to vaping, but addicted kids find it hard to stop”
1. How many people, if any, do you know who use electronic cigarettes? Do any of them want to quit? If yes, what reasons have they given?
2. Name three risks that have been linked to teen vaping.
1. What are some symptoms of the new coronavirus? Among teens and young adults, how likely are smokers or vapers to show coronavirus symptoms, based on the new study?
2. How much more likely are young people who vaped to be diagnosed with COVID-19? How many times did they need to vape to show an increased risk, according to the new study?
3. What are at least three reasons that vaping might increase someone’s risk of becoming infected with COVID-19?
4. How many teens in the PATH study said they had used e-cigarettes in the past month? How many of them said they also wanted to quit vaping?
5. Why does Bonnie Halpern-Felsher worry that this number may be an understatement of how many kids want to quit vaping today?
6. What does it mean to be addicted to something? And what evidence is cited in the story that teen vapers are becoming addicted to nicotine?
1. Most people already have heard that e-cigarettes can pose at least some risk of harming a vaper’s health. What is so appealing about vapes to teens and young adults that they find using e-cigarettes outweighs those risks?
2. COVID-19’s symptoms tend to be greatest in adults, especially the elderly. Do you think that makes the additional risk of infection linked to vaping important for kids — or no biggie? Explain your reasoning.