Educate yourself first. Get the facts on vaping so you know what you’re talking about when you approach the discussion with students. As a teacher, you are role model and responsible for shaping many of your student’s ideas and behaviors with your own actions.
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Educational Materials & Resources
Vaping: Know The Truth
The Truth Initiative and Kaiser Permanente in collaboration with the American Heart Association have launched this free digital learning experience as part of Truth Initiative’s nationally recognized truth campaign available at no cost to students and teachers. This self-led interactive digital curriculum is for grade levels 8-12, can be completed in approximately 30-60 minutes, and aligns to national health education standards. In addition to encouraging students to live vape-free lives it offers resources to help young people who are currently using e-cigarettes to quit through Truth’s first-of-its-kind text message youth quit vaping program called This is Quitting already helping over 500,000 youth and young adults on their journeys to quit.
Centers for Disease Control [CDC]
Know the Risks: A Youth Guide to E-cigarettes
CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) developed this presentation to educate youth on e-cigarettes and what youth can do to avoid all tobacco products.
Get Smart About Tobacco, grades 3-5
This poster/teaching guide and accompanying take-home pages were developed by the CVS Health Foundation in collaboration with Scholastic Inc. It contains lesson plans and worksheets that help teach students about the dangers of tobacco while supporting your classroom curriculum with activities that reinforce skills in scientific literacy, health, reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking. It can also be used as a take-home family package to extend learning at home.
Virtual Field Trip: The Facts on E-Cigarette Use
Join Discovery Education to examine the science behind e-cigarettes and the impact they can have on teenagers’ health and well-being. Presented in a multi-video format with lesson activities companion guide.
Stanford Medicine Toolkit
Vaping Prevention Online Course – New for 2021!
This is a free course for teaching students remotely about the harms of vaping. Includes lesson plans for teachers. This can be presented as a stand alone course or as part of the complete Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit.
Centers for Disease Control [CDC]
E-Cigarettes and Youth: What Educators and Coaches Need to Know
Taking Down Tobacco
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Taking Down Tobacco is a comprehensive youth advocacy training program geared towards middle and high-school students.
E-Cigarettes, A Dangerous Trend
Help students learn why e-cigarettes aren’t harmless. A complete lesson plan with printable materials including critical reading questions, writing prompts, student activities, and state standards info. Adaptable to grades 6-12.
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
The Rise of Vaping – E-Cigarette/JUUL Video Course
This 20 minute video course can be used in classrooms, assemblies, trainings, conferences, summits, and anywhere else as a resource to help prevent youth and teen e-cigarette use. Also offered as an online course that youth can complete individually.
The Real Cost of Vaping
Recently updated and perfect for learning anywhere! The FDA worked with Scholastic to develop free youth e-cigarette prevention resources for middle and high school students. The materials include lessons grounded in core subjects, infographics, and short videos.
Heads Up – Resources for Teachers
Lesson plans and student activities about e-cigarettes and other drugs.
E-Cigarettes, What You Need To Know
Lesson plans and materials to use with students grades 6-12.
National Institute of Health
Classroom Resources on Drug Effects
Lessons, activities, and drug facts to educate teens about the effects and consequences of drug use.
CATCH My Breath: E-Cigarette Prevention
Interactive Learning Resources to Support Curriculum
Anything is possible with an online, bilingual tool that helps middle and high school students start living tobacco free.
smokeSCREEN: A prevention game
smokeSCREEN addresses the range of challenges that young teens face, with a dedicated focus on youth decision-making about tobacco smoking (conventional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, flavored tobacco products), and includes strategies for both smoking prevention and cessation.
Interactive game-like tour of vaping information
Get the Facts about Vaping/JUULing
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.
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