As a nation, we are facing an epidemic with young people and vaping. Each day, a new headline has the words “young person” “teen” and “vaping” that create a catching headline for individuals. It is imperative that we are educated on this topic and provide education on this risky behavior to our students to ensure they are safe and healthy to perform in the classroom.
In 2018, Surgeon General Jerome Adams declared vaping among young people as an epidemic. “We must take action now to protect the health of our nation’s young people.” - Surgeon General Jerome Adams
This toolkit is designed to provide tools and resources for Forsyth County school staff, including administrators, educators, teachers and nurses. The toolkit outlines educational information that can be used along with other resources to help educate youth and reduce youth e-cigarette use.
Learn about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risk of all forms of e-cigarette use, including JUUL, for young people
Tobacco Quitting Resources
Botvin Health Connections: E-Cigarettes and Vaping LST has been proven to reduce youth smoking by addressing the risk and protective factors associated with a variety of substances.
CATCH My Breath (The University of Texas Health Science Center)- grades 5-12
Best practices youth e-cigarette and JUUL prevention program. Provides up-to-date information to teachers, parents and health professionals to equip students with knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about e-cigarette use.
E-Cigarette Basics Learn about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risk of all forms of e-cigarette use, including JUUL, for young people
E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know Teachers Guide (contains student lesson)
Everything You Need to Know about E-Cigarettes, Vaping and Hookahs (Botvin Life Skills)- grades 7-college
The Real Cost of Vaping (Scholastic and the FDA) - grades 9-12 Engage students in discussions about the dangers of e-cigarette use. Scholastic and the FDA have collaborated to create a lesson and research activity to educate students on the health risks of vaping.
Lesson Plan: Vaping and JUULing (Twin Cities Medical Society)
Stanford Medicine Curriculum (Stanford Medicine)- grades K-12, Tobacco Prevention Toolkit designed as an education resources that can be adapted to all grade levels. 1, 5, 8, or 10 session curriculum maps.
ADDRESSING STUDENT USE OF E-CIGARETTES AND VAPES
2.44% (240) of Forsyth County Middle School students report vaping within the last thirty days. (1)
10.45% (1,140) Forsyth County High Schools students report vaping within the last thirty days. (1)
2018 is the second year in which the Monitoring the Future survey asked high school students about vaping specific substances ever, in the past year, and in the past month. In just one year, rates of past-year vaping increased by about one-third in all grades, to 17.6 percent of 8th graders, 32.3 percent of 10th graders, and 37.3 percent of 12th graders. After alcohol, vaping is the second most common form of substance use in all three grades.