In 2018, 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students reported current e-cigarette use. (United States Surgeon General, 2019) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Office of the Surgeon General, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize this rapid increase in adolescents using nicotine via a vape device, and have independently concluded the use of these devices has reversed all or much of the progress that has previously been made to decrease the number of adolescents using nicotine. The evidence supports school-based prevention programs to reduce vape use are most effective during grades 6-8th, prior to a student entering high school, at which time the prevalence of use surpasses the perceived risks. (Giovacchini, et al., 2017; Bernat, et al., 2018; Cooper, et al., 2016; Hammal et al., 2016)
How do I use this toolkit?
Please click on one of the images below to be taken to resources and information to design and implement your Vape Prevention Program.
This vape use prevention toolkit has been developed under Pender’s Health Promotion Model, and includes clear and unambiguous information to reduce harm. It supports the call to action put forth by the CDC and the Office of the Surgeon General for tobacco use prevention programs, specifically related to vaping, targeting the middle school population. It enables schools and communities to implement a comprehensive evidence-based vape use prevention program.