Schools

As school administrators, counselors, and educators, you play an important role in a student’s life. That’s why we’ve developed a collection of research-based materials to use as tools to educate yourself as well as connect with youth and teens about vaping.

Resources

Sometimes you just don’t know where to turn to when it comes to basic information about vaping. We’ve collected a variety of information and links from trusted sources to help you get started. Click on a category below to find available resources.

Administrator Resources

Discipline rules and policy guidance.

Resources for Counselors and Health Care Professionals

Red flags for supports, health risks of e-cigarettes and quitting resources.

Educator Resources

Vaping and vapor product facts, teaching materials, and online interactive games.

Prevention Resources & Contacts

State resources, national resources, prevention programs and contacts throughout the state.

Reports, Videos & News

Watch and read current news and reports about vaping

Washington State Tobacco 21 was signed into law on April 5, 2019, and goes into effect January 1, 2020.

Learn about the Washington State Tobacco 21 campaign

Printables

Posters and documents to print and use where appropriate.

Vapor Products on Campus

Printable Poster from the DOH

Electronic Cigarettes - What’s the Bottom Line

Printable Infographic from the CDC

It’s Not Like You Can Buy A New Brain

Printable Poster from the Surgeon General

Get the Facts about Vaping/JUULing

Vaping/JUULing

Vaping

AKA:
E-cigs, electronic cigarettes, JUULs

What is Vaping?

Vapor products produce aerosol by heating a liquid solution. Users inhale the aerosol into the lungs. There are chemicals and nicotine in the aerosol, not just water vapor.

Laws & Legal Status

The law applies to what is being vaped in an e-cig. Meaning, in Washington State, marijuana vaping is legal for adults over 21, and vaping nicotine is legal for adults over 18. As of Jan. 1, 2020 it will be illegal to sell or give tobacco or vaping products to people under age 21.

Affect on Your Developing Brain

While the brain is still developing, young people are at higher risk for long-term, long-lasting effects of exposure to nicotine, including an increased risk of addiction. Nicotine can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning.

Is it Addicting?

Yes. Nicotine is addicting to young people and adults. Young people's brains are growing faster than adult brains, and are therefore can get addicted more easily than adults.

Affect on Your Body

Scientists are still trying to understand the long-term health effects of vaping, both for users and those exposed to vaping second-hand. Vaping is known to have negative affects on respiratory health because of the harmful and potentially harmful chemicals in the e-cigs, including nicotine and other chemicals linked to lung disease.

What if someone needs help?

Teen Link: 1-866-Teenlink
(1-866-833-6546)
Available 6pm–10pm PST

Teen Talk: 360-397-2428
Available Monday –Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 4-7pm PST

Where to go for more info

Funding for this website was made possible (in part) by the Washington State Department of Health, Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention and Control Program.