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Do the health risks of vape products and e-cigarettes outweigh the benefits?

E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular in recent years. Originally meant as an alternative for tobacco smokers, vape product use has risen amongst young people, including teenagers. Marketing on social media and flavored products make the products attractive and high nicotine levels make them addictive. Some say that e-cigarettes can help cigarette smokers get off of tobacco, but recent health scares amongst vape users has caused the Food and Drug Administration to look into e-cigarette safety. With bans on flavors and single-use vape pens on the rise, do the health risks of e-cigarette products outweigh any benefits?


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Who created this message?

  • What kind of “text” is it?
  • How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
  • What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?


What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?

  • What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)? 
  • What’s the emotional appeal?
  • What makes it seem “real?”
  • What's the emotional appeal? Persuasive devices used?

How might different people understand this message differently from me?

  • How many other interpretations could there be?
  • How could we hear about them?
  • How can you explain the different responses?

What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?

  • What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
  • What ideas or perspectives are left out?
  • How would you find what’s missing?
  • What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?


Why is this message being sent?

  • What's being sold in this message? What's being told? 
  • Who is served by or  benefits from the message
    – the public?
    – private interests?
    – individuals?
    – institutions?

5 Key Questions of Media Literacy used with permission from the Center for Media Literacy.
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Do the health risks of vape products and e-cigarettes outweigh the benefits?

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