E-cigarettes are very popular with youth, and their use is growing dramatically. Today, more high school students use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes, and the use of e-cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults.
Scientists are still learning more about how e-cigarettes affect health, but we know that youth tobacco use in any form, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe.
We encourage you to use the following resources to implement educational programming regarding e-cigarettes for faculty, staff and students:
- What to do about electronic cigarettes in your school – Fact Sheet
This one-page guide provides information on dealing with the e-cigarette epidemic from within your school.
- E-Cigarette course for educators – PowerPoint Presentation
This presentation serves as a guide to educate faculty and staff on: the history and basic mechanics of the e-cigarette, the difference between an e-cigarette and traditional combustible cigarettes, the varieties of e-cigarette devices on the market, marketing of e-cigarettes, the use of media and the rise of local vape shops, research and regulations around e-cigarettes, and strategies for addressing e-cigarettes with students.
- E-Cigarette course for students – PowerPoint Presentation
This presentation is meant for faculty and staff to present to students. Topics include: facts about e-cigarettes, the rise of e-cigarette usage among youth, how to make good decisions, peer pressure, the dangers of nicotine, marketing strategies, brain development, and addiction.
- FDA Exchange Lab
Exchange Lab, from FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, provides FREE tobacco education resources. This site offers digital and print content for state and local health officials, nonprofit organizations, and schools to support public outreach efforts.
- E-Cigarette presentation for youth
CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) developed a presentation called, “Know the Risks: A Youth Guide to E-cigarettes,” to educate youth on e-cigarettes, including the health risks, the factors that lead to e-cigarette use, and what youth can do to avoid all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. This presentation is geared toward youth ages 11-18 and will take approximately 45 minutes to deliver.
- The Real Cost of Vaping – Lessons and Activities for Youth
Cross-curricular resources from Scholastic and the FDA. Students will analyze informational text, collect and present data, and evaluate marketing messages. Curriculum is available for grades 6-8 and 9-12.
- The Vaping Lingo Dictionary (Truth Initiative)
High vaping rates among youth and young adults have introduced a plethora of new terms and keeping up with the latest lingo can be difficult. If you are wondering what the young people in your life are talking about, here is a list of some popular words, phrases, products and general language used to refer to vaping/e-cigarette use.
My Life, My Quit is an enhanced tobacco and vaping cessation program for teens under age 18 who want to stop using tobacco products, especially electronic cigarettes like JUUL. It’s free, confidential, and just for teens. For more information, click here.
- FDA’s tobacco education resources
- Surgeon General’s Report on e-cigarettes
- E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults – Fact Sheet
- E-Cigarette facts from the American Lung Association
- Keep kids e-cigarette free (CDC Guide)
- Addiction Policy Forum’s Vaping Toolkit
- CDC E-cigarettes and Youth Toolkit for Partners
- smokeSCREEN: A smoking and vaping prevention game
- Make Smoking History: Toolkit for Schools