Nicotine Addiction: Breaking Up With My Vape


Why is it so difficult to quit vaping?

Follow the story of a teen who is trying to quit vaping.

  • Model how vaping nicotine affects the receptors and dopamine levels in the brain reward pathway.
  • Use the model to understand nicotine tolerance, dependence, addiction, withdrawal, and recovery from nicotine addiction.
Assembled kits
Materials to assemble 10 kits - includes all supplies, printed labels, and student instructions copy master

Kit Includes

  • Nicotine and the Brain reading sheet
  • Brain Reward Pathway model sheet
  • 3 Green plugs (acetylcholine)
  • 6 Red plugs (nicotine)
  • 6 Yellow cups (receptors)
  • 4 Blue beads (dopamine)
  • 1 Happy face token
  • 1 Sad face token

Also Required

  • Access to internet for Part 5

Quantity Discounts


  • 1 – 9 kits: $12.95 each
  • 10 – 24 kits: $12.30 each
  • 25+ kits: $11.66 each


  • 1 – 9 packs: $88.95 each
  • 10+ packs: $84.50 each


  • This kit does not require refills since all its contents are reusable.

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

Performance Expectations:

MS-LS1-8. Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories.

  • Science & Engineering Practices

    Developing and Using Models - Modeling in 6–8 builds on K–5 experiences and progresses to developing, using, and revising models to describe, test, and predict more abstract phenomena and design systems.
    - Develop and use a model to describe phenomena.

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS1.D: Information Processing - Each sense receptor responds to different inputs (electromagnetic, mechanical, chemical), transmitting them as signals that travel along nerve cells to the brain. The signals are then processed in the brain, resulting in immediate behaviors or memories.

    LS1.A: Structure and Function - Within cells, special structures are responsible for particular functions, and the cell membrane forms the boundary that controls what enters and leaves the cell.

  • Crosscutting Concepts

    Cause and Effect - Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural systems.