Are Flavored E-cigarettes Harmful?


Flavoring chemicals may be safe to eat, but are they safe to vape?

People who vape flavored e-cigarettes are exposed to chemical flavorings. These flavorings may be safe to eat, but are they safe to inhale?

  • Explore the importance of flavors in promoting e-cigarette use.
  • Conduct simulated tests to determine the effect of flavoring chemicals on lung cells.
  • Consider issues regarding regulation of e-cigarette use and advertising.
Assembled kits
Materials to assemble 10 kits - includes all supplies, printed labels, and student instructions copy master
Materials to refill 10 kits

Kit Includes

  • Teens and E-Cigarettes information sheet
  • Instructions for Cell Health Test
  • Cell Health Test Sheet
  • Cell Health Test Solution (simulated)
  • 4 Lung tissue disks (simulated)
  • Control and 3 flavoring chemicals (simulated)
  • 5 Labeled droppers
  • Set of 4 cards (Labels, Scientific Testing, Warnings and Ingredients, Marketing)

Also Required

  • Safety googgles

Quantity Discounts


  • 1 – 9 kits: $13.95 each
  • 10 – 24 kits: $13.25 each
  • 25+ kits: $12.56 each


  • 1 – 9 packs: $95.95 each
  • 10+ packs: $91.15 each


  • 1 – 9 packs: $28.95 each
  • 10+ packs: $27.50 each

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Shop by NGSS »

Performance Expectations:

MS-LS1-3. Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.

  • Science & Engineering Practices

    Analyzing and Interpreting Data - Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for phenomena.

    Constructing Explanations - Apply scientific ideas, principles, and/or evidence to construct, revise and/or use an explanation for real world phenomena, examples, or events.
    - Apply scientific reasoning to show why the data or evidence is adequate for the explanation or conclusion
    - Apply scientific reasoning, theory, and/or models to link evidence to the claims to assess the extent to which the reasoning and data support the explanation or conclusion.

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS1.A: Structure and Function - In multicellular organisms, the body is a system of multiple interacting subsystems. These subsystems are groups of cells that work together to form tissues and organs that are specialized for particular body functions.
    - Multicellular organisms have a hierarchical structural organization, in which any one system is made up of numerous parts and is itself a component of the next level.

  • Crosscutting Concepts

    Systems and System Models - Systems may interact with other systems; they may have sub-systems and be a part of larger complex systems.

    Cause and Effect - Use cause and effect relationships to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.