A FREE Professional Development Series | Introducing students to the health effects of vaping on the respiratory system (Feb 2021, virtual)

Beyond Nicotine: A FREE Professional Development Series
for Grades 9-16 Life Science Teachers
Introducing students to the health effects of vaping on the respiratory system
and to the multidisciplinary field of toxicology

February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
4:15-5:45PM EST via Zoom

While electronic or e-cigarettes are devices known for delivering nicotine through an inhaled aerosol in a process known as vaping, emerging evidence suggests that the non-nicotine components of e-liquids, including base solvents and flavoring chemicals, may also be harmful to the respiratory system. During this four-part series of 90-minute, interactive teacher professional development sessions, attendees will:

  • learn from diverse biomedical researchers, including toxicologists, investigating the impact of e-cigarette base liquids, nicotine salts, and flavorings on respiratory health,
  • conduct and receive three classroom-ready data interpretation activities, and
  • discuss classroom integration strategies.

Series Overview
Feb 4th     Vaping and adolescents: How did we get here?

Feb 11th   Cell, rodents, and humans: Experimental models for studying flavored e-cigarettes
                 Featured Activity: Evaluating the effects of flavored e-cigarettes on the respiratory immune system

Feb 18th   Flavored e-cigarettes & cell bioenergetics
                Featured Activity: Evaluating the bioenergetic effects of flavored e-cigarettes            

Feb 25th   E-cigarettes & lung health
Featured Activity: Using biomarkers to investigate the impact of e-cigarettes on airway inflammation and asthma

Click here to view a more detailed schedule with presenters listed.

This free professional development opportunity is open to any grades 9-16 life science teacher (biology, biomedical science, anatomy and physiology, etc.,) who is interested in learning about the current biomedical research taking place to investigate the effects of e-cigarette use on the respiratory system and integrating this timely and relevant content into instruction. 

Participants will be expected to:

  • Attend and participate in all four professional development sessions
  • Complete an online evaluation after each session

Participants will receive:

  • A certificate of completion for 6 contact hours that can be updated to 10 hours (1.0 CEU) after conducting and providing feedback about one featured activity before June 15th, 2021
  • [Upon request] Materials for conducting biomarker simulation activity
  • A participation stipend of up to $200: 
    • Attendees will receive a $25 stipend for each session they attend, with a $50 bonus stipend awarded for teachers who attend all four sessions. This stipend will come as an Amazon gift card on or before March 15th, 2021.
    • Teachers who choose to conduct and provide feedback about one Beyond Nicotine lesson before June 15th, 2021 will receive an additional $50 stipend.  This stipend will come as an Amazon gift card 2-3 weeks after submitting documentation of lesson implementation. 

Space is limited!  Because this professional development opportunity is being designed as a series, with content building over the course of the workshop series, priority registration will go to teachers who can commit to attending all four sessions. To register, please complete the online registration form at your earliest convenience. Spots will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis between now and 11:59PM on Wednesday, January 20th.

Please do not register for this series if you know you will not be able to attend all four sessions. To be added to the waitlist for one or more sessions please visit this link to indicate which sessions you’d like to attend. On Friday January 22nd, available spots will be extended to teachers on this waitlist. 

This professional development series is sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (NIEHS P30 ES010126) and the UNC Institute for the Environment. 

For more information about this opportunity, contact Dana Haine at dhaine@unc.edu.

Dana Brown Haine, MS (she, her, hers)

K-12 Science Education Manager | Center for Public Engagement with Science

UNC Institute for the Environment

CB#1105, Chapel Hill, NC 27599


UNC Institute for the Environment

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