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.
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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Educational Materials & Resources
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.
Stanford Medicine Toolkit
E-Cigarettes and Vape Pens
This module provides an understanding of the inner workings of e-cigarettes, the content of the aerosols they produce, and thirdhand smoke. It’s broken down into 5 units, each of which explore e-cigarettes in-depth.
Get Smart About Tobacco Health and Science Program, grades 3-7
Use this health and science program to help build a tobacco-free future generation while reinforcing ELA skills in scientific literacy, health, reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking.
The Real Cost of Vaping
Understanding the dangers of teen e-cigarette use in grades 9–12.
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.
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.
CATCH My Breath: E-Cigarette Prevention
Interactive Learning Resources to Support Curriculum
Second Chance is a web-based tobacco education program for middle and high school youth who have violated a tobacco policy at school or a law in the community.
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.
Anything is possible with an online, bilingual tool that helps middle and high school students start living tobacco free.
Interactive game-like tour of vaping information
E-cigarette information targeted toward younger youth
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