Vaping 101 Presentation

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Slide 1: Title Slide (Vaping 101)

A variety of vaping devices

Image: Used with permission from OTRU’s E-cigarette Module.

Slide 2: Activity: Power Words 

  • What do you know about e-cigarettes/vaping?

Speaking notes:

1.1 Intro Activity– Power Words

From Ontario Lung Association’s Talking About Vaping Series: 

TIME: 10 minutes


  • Flip Chart Paper or White Board
  • Markers
  • Post-it Notes
  • ens


  • Prepare a flipchart with the question “What Do We Know?”


  • Hand out a post-it note to every participant and ask them to write down the first thing that comes to mind when they think about vaping
  • Have participants post their notes on the flipchart/white board
  • After everyone has posted their post-it notes, have participants gather around the flipchart to look at all of the responses
  • Have the group reflect on the questions/responses


  • How hard/easy was it to answer the question?
  • What patterns/trends do you see emerging when you look at everyone’s response?

Slide 3: What is an E-Cigarette?

What is an E-Cigarette?

 a battery, a tank or reservoir, a heating element and a vaping liquid (e-juice).

  • Battery-operated device that changes a liquid chemical (e-juice) into an aerosol that can be inhaled
  • Also known as e-cigs, e-hookahs, vapes, vape pens, mods and tank systems


E-juice = propylene glycol and/or glycerin, flavouring and often nicotine.

Speaking notes:

  • E-cigarettes have 4 main components, including: a battery, a tank or reservoir, a heating element and a vaping liquid (e-juice).
  • Studies have shown that some e-juice that claims to have no nicotine actually does contain some nicotine.
  • The Mechanics of Vaping video:

Image source: Health Canada’s Use Your Instincts campaign

Slide 4: Types of E-cigarettes

Illustration of how vaping liquid is inhaled through the mouth, enters the bloodstream and remainder is exhaled

How do e-cigarettes work?

  1. Vaping liquid, which contains chemicals, is heated to become an aerosol
  2. The aerosol is inhaled through the mouth and lungs where it is absorbed into the bloodstream
  3. The remaining aerosol is exhaled

Speaking notes: 

  • Image source: Health Canada’s Use Your Instincts campaign

Slide 5: Types of e-cigarettes

Slide text/images:

Cigalikes, vape pens, advanced tank systems, pod vapes

  • E-cigarettes are rapidly changing products that have evolved since first entering the market in 2009.
  • E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Some are made to look like regular cigarettes, cigars or pipes (i.e. cigalikes). Others resemble everyday items such as pens and USB sticks (i.e. vape pens and pod vapes).
  • Cigalike Disposables: one-time use, look like cigarettes
  • Cigalikes: look like cigarettes, use replaceable, pre-filled cartridges for e-juice
  • Vape Pens: pen-style devices, can be refilled with e-juice
  • Advanced Tank Systems: Box-like or tubular, can be refilled with e-juice, modifiable settings
  • Pod vapes: Rechargeable devices that use replaceable pods. Pod vapes are becoming increasingly popular among youth. This is a concern as these products have high concentrations of nicotine and appealing product designs.
Image source: Used with permission from OTRU’s E-cigarette Module.

Slide 6: Juul

1 JUUL “pod” (e-juice pod) has as much nicotine as 1 pack of 20 cigarettes.

Juul pod

  • JUUL is a popular pod vape among youth. JUUL’s look like a USB stick and contains high levels of nicotine compared to other vaping products.
  • JUULERS Against JUUL video:

Image source: Used with permission from OTRU’s E-cigarette Module.

Slide 7: Use of E-cigarettes By Youth In Wellington- Dufferin-Guelph:

  • Most youth DON’T vape
  • 80% of grade 7 and 10 students reported not using an e-cigarette in the past year

Slide 8: Activity: Number Cluster Brainstorm

Speaking notes:

2.1 Intro Activity– Number Cluster Brainstorm

From Ontario Lung Association’s Talking About Vaping Series:

Time: 10 minutes


  • Rearrange the room so there is enough space for participants to move around the room.


  • Facilitator will call out a number between 2 and 5 while participants are moving around the room
  • Participants will then have to quickly form groups based on the number that is called out (if there is an odd number, remaining participants can join the group closest to them)
  • In their groups, participants must answer the question that the facilitator reads out (i.e. what concerns you most about the current vaping trend? Why do you think vaping has become so popular? What are your biggest concerns about vaping?)

Slide 9: Why Do Youth Try E-cigarettes?

Icons that show the reasons youth try e-cigarettes (listed below graphic)

  • Alternative to smoking
  • To do vaping tricks
  • To quit smoking
  • Friends are doing it
  • To be cool
  • To reduce stress
  • For fun
  • Tastes good

Speaking notes:

  • In the Spring of 2017, WDGPH conducted focus groups with 680 students from WCDSB and UGDSB. They identified these to be the top reasons why they vape.

Slide 10: Sharing E-cigarettes & Spreading Illnesses

  • People can still spread microorganisms (germs) even if they are not sick
  • Many germs exist in saliva and illnesses can be spread through saliva
  • Recommended that e-cigarettes be cleaned with soap and water and sanitized with a bleach and water solution (½ teaspoon of bleach for every litre of water) for 45 seconds

Slide 11: Discussion: What are the negative health effects of vaping?

Slide 12: What’s in E-Cigarette Aerosol?

  • Vaping aerosol is not just harmless water vapour. It contains chemicals, including:
    • Flavouring: chemicals like diacetyl which can damage the lungs when inhaled have been found in many sweet e-juice flavours (e.g., vanilla).
    • Fine particles: sometimes at levels comparable to cigarette smoke. Can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer and asthma attacks and interfere with lung function.
    • Metals: like lead, chromium, nickel, copper, aluminum and mercury. Exposure can have a variety of negative health effects including brain damage and cancer.
    • Tobacco-specific nitrosamines: compounds found in cigarettes that cause cancer.
    • Carbonyls: like formaldehyde which potentially cause cancer.

Teardown video:

Slide 13: Posters

 Do you know what's in E-Juice? No one does. Vaping Can be Addictive. It's not just harmless water vapour.  Hate to burst your bubble. E-juice is not candy. Vaping can be addictive. It's not just harmless water vapour.

Slide 14: Health Effects of E-Cigarettes

  • Immediate health effects: light-headedness, eye and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness and coughing
  • Defective batteries have caused fires and explosions
  • Poisonings with mostly minor toxic effects like vomiting and nausea
  • The effects of long-term, frequent exposure to e-cigarette aerosol are not yet known

Speaking notes:


  • Since e-cigarettes are fairly new products, we still don’t know what their long-term health effects are.
  • E-cigarettes: To Vape or Not to Vape video:  

Slide 15: What about e-Juice with nicotine?


  • Affects the developing teen brain
  • Is addictive
  • Is a poison
  • Has risks for pregnant women and newborn babies

Speaking notes: 

  • E-cigarettes containing nicotine are unsafe for youth because the brain is still developing, making youth more vulnerable to nicotine addiction.
  • Nicotine exposure during adolescence can alter teen brain development and affect memory and concentration.
  • The DeNoble Files video:

Slide 16: What About Second-Hand Exposure to Aerosol?

  • Second-hand aerosol is less toxic than cigarette smoke

  • Some ingredients in second-hand aerosol can cause eye and throat irritation

  • Flavouring chemicals can create odours that irritate people who are sensitive to smells

Slide 17: Take Home Message. If You Don’t Smoke, Don’t Vape.

Anybody who does not smoke cigarettes should not vape e-cigarettes.

Slide 18: What About Smokers?

  • Most smokers who try e-cigarettes don’t quit smoking. They are more likely to co-use or to switch for a short time and then go back to smoking cigarettes.
  • E-cigarettes are not proven to help people quit smoking.

Speaking notes:

E-cigarettes deliver nicotine in a less harmful way than smoking, and may reduce health risks for smokers who are unwilling or unable to:

  • Quit on their own
  • Quit using approved nicotine replacement therapies (such as gums, lozenges and patches) or medication
  • Quit using counselling

Slide 19: Vaping as a Gateway to Smoking

  • Youth who vape are 4x more likely to start smoking cigarettes

Speaking notes: 

  • It’s hard to know if youth who start smoking cigarettes after they try e-cigarettes would have started smoking if they had not used e-cigarettes. More research is needed.

Speaking notes:

  • But it is hard to know if youth who start smoking cigarettes after they try e-cigarettes would have started smoking if they had not used e-cigarettes. More research is needed.

Slide 20: If you do choose to vape:

  • Consider not vaping if you’re concerned about the health risks.
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you experience coughing, shortness of breath or chest pain. Let your healthcare provider know that you vape (or have in the past) and what you were vaping.
  • Avoid vaping products from the illegal market.
  • Don’t modify vaping products or add substances not intended by the manufacturer.

Slide 21: Activity: Vaping from 4 perspectives

  1. Industry
  2. Your health
  3. Youth who vape
  4. Youth who don’t vape

Speaking notes: 2.2 Core Activity– Vaping from 4 Perspectives

From Ontario Lung Association’s Talking About Vaping Series:…

TIME: 20 minutes


  • Flipchart Paper
  • Markers
  • Fact Sheets (1 per group) *See page 10


  • 4 pieces of flipchart paper with one perspective written on each (i.e. Industry, Health, Youth Who Vape, Youth Who Don’t Vape)
  • Set-up room so there is the appropriate space for small group work


  • Divide group into 4 smaller teams, 1 group per perspective
  • Small groups will have 7-8 minutes to brainstorm their perspective on vaping based on their assigned role (i.e. Industry)
  • Groups must record their ideas on flipchart provided
  • Facilitator will then hand out one fact sheet per group and groups will have a chance to fact check their arguments and add anything to their flipchart
  • Groups then hang up their flipchart and participants can walk around the room to see other perspectives about vaping
  • Ask each group to find a creative way to present their argument to the whole team

Slide 22: E-Cigarettes & the Law

No smoking No vaping (e-cigarettes) sign

In Canada:

The sale of e-juice containing nicotine became legal in Canada in May 2018.

In Ontario:

The sale and supply of e-cigarettes to anyone under 19 is not allowed.

The smoking of tobacco and cannabis, as well as vaping, is not allowed in many areas. Some include:

  • Enclosed public places
  • Enclosed workplaces
  • Primary and secondary schools and their grounds
  • Public areas within 20 meters from the perimeter of the grounds of primary and secondary schools

Speaking notes:

  • If someone sells or supplies vapes or vaping products to anyone under the age of 19 years old they can face a fine up to $490. Sharing with friends is considered “supplying to youth” and could result in a charge. Parents buying vapes for children is also considered illegal.
  • You also cannot smoke or vape within 20m of a recreation centre property, sports field and spectator viewing areas, playgrounds and arena grounds. If someone smokes in these areas, they could face a fine up to $305.

Slide 23: Discussion: No way! I didn’t know that…

Speaking notes: 

Ask students what they learned from the presentation.

Slide 24: Testing Your Knowledge

1.E-juice contains…
a) Propylene glycol + flavouring + water
b) Tobacco + flavouring + nicotine
c) Propylene glycol + flavouring + nicotine
d) Corn syrup + flavouring + water

Speaking notes:

Testing Your Knowledge questions can be used to create a Kahoot!

Question #1 - Correct answer: c

Slide 23: Testing Your Knowledge

2. Why do youth try e-cigarettes?

a) Flavours taste good
b) To quit smoking
c) Friends are doing it
d) All of the above

Speaking notes: 

Testing Your Knowledge questions can be used to create a Kahoot!

Question #2 - Correct answer: d

Slide 26: Testing Your Knowledge

3. What’s in e-cigarette vapour?

a) Flavouring chemicals + water + metals
b) Flavouring chemicals + metals + chemicals that cause cancer
c) Flavouring chemicals + water
d) Just water

Speaking notes:

Testing Your Knowledge questions can be used to create a Kahoot!

Question #3 - Correct answer: b

Slide 27: Testing Your Knowledge

4. What are the negative health effects of e-cigarettes?

a) The long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are not yet known.
b) Tooth decay
c) Eye and throat irritation
d) Answers a & c

Speaking notes:

Testing Your Knowledge questions can be used to create a Kahoot!

Question #4 - Correct answer: d

Slide 28: Testing Your Knowledge

5. E-juice often contains nicotine. Nicotine…

a) Is addictive
b) Affects the developing adolescent brain
c) Has risks for pregnant women
d) All of the above

Speaking notes: 

Testing Your Knowledge questions can be used to create a Kahoot!

Question #5 - Correct answer: d

Slide 29: Testing Your Knowledge

6. When people try e-cigarettes to quit smoking, they often:

a) Quit smoking
b) Switch completely from cigarettes to e-cigarettes
c) Use both e-cigarettes and cigarettes
d) Switch to nicotine replacement therapy

Speaking notes:

Testing Your Knowledge questions can be used to create a Kahoot!

Question #6 - Correct answer: c