Educator Resources

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.

Want funding to take a STAND against tobacco and nicotine?

ALA - STAND logo

The American Lung Association (ALA) is excited to offer STAND micro-grants for student and youth groups looking to host educational or advocacy events and activities centered on raising awareness among their peers about the harms and risks of tobacco, vaping, and nicotine. Micro-grants of up to $250 will be awarded to student groups across Washington state to support school-based anti-tobacco engagement activities to be conducted by students through the end of the academic year. Anti-tobacco events may include, but are not limited to: Great American Smokeout (November 21), Kick Butts Day (March 20), and Earth Day (April 22) observance events; on-campus forums, panels, or debates; education or awareness poster contests; cigarette butt clean-up events; health fairs; surveying of the school community on tobacco issues; tobacco-related film viewing; anti-tobacco media campaigns, etc. 

Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of a funding decision within one week of submission.

Educational Materials & Resources

Surgeon General

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.

Scholastic

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.

Scholastic

The Real Cost of Vaping

Understanding the dangers of teen e-cigarette use in grades 9–12.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Scholastic

Heads Up – Resources for Teachers

Lesson plans and student activities about e-cigarettes and other drugs.

Scholastic

E-Cigarettes, What You Need To Know

Lesson plans and materials to use with students grades 6-12.

CATCH My Breath: E-Cigarette Prevention

Interactive Learning Resources to Support Curriculum

Second Chance

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.

ASPIRE

Anything is possible with an online, bilingual tool that helps middle and high school students start living tobacco free.

Whatsinavape.com

Interactive game-like tour of vaping information

Escapethevape.org

E-cigarette information targeted toward younger youth

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

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