Vape is the 2014 Word of the Year
By: Bill Chappell
1) What statistics do people use to support the claim that vaping is less harmful than cigarettes? What evidence is the most salient for determining the harm of cigarettes? In what ways have smoking habits changed over time?
2) How might a child of smokers view this story differently than that of a non-smoker? How might an employee of Philip Morris view this differently than a politician? How might Barack Obama view this differently than his wife?
3) What is a mathematical argument for more electronic cigarettes? How is smoking like drinking soda? Child abuse?
4) What would happen if we banned all cigarettes? All fast food? What would happen if vapor cigarettes were given free to smokers?
5) What are the larger implications of this issue? Does the word of the year award have any significance in the larger society?
1) Students can outline the development of tobacco in America and predict it's future.
2) Students can create a chart of addiction and advocate for policy action based on their findings.
3) Students can study the impact of the "Word of the Year" and rank the most significant winners of the last 20 years.