Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October 2022 indicates that 14.1% of high school students and 3.3% of middle school students report current e-cigarette use. Since 2014, e-cigarettes have been the most used tobacco product among middle and high school students in the U.S., with 42.3% of users indicating that they are frequent users.
While school have increased their vaping prevention efforts, many adolescents may still not be aware of the risks associated with e-cigarettes, including understanding that most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm developing adolescent brains. There has also been a recent increase in the use of vaping devices to consume marijuana or cannabis products, which present additional risks to teens.
In addition to the kid-friendly flavors, one of the things that makes vaping so attractive to young people is the relative ease of access and ease of hiding vaping devices from parents and school. This adds to the challenge school leaders face in combatting vaping. But there are several expert-recommended strategies that schools can implement to help build awareness and improve vaping prevention.
Our engaging online modules feature middle and high school peer presenters and cover critical safety, wellness, and SEL topics and create a positive school culture. The Alcohol, Marijuana and Vaping courses are customized for grades 6-8 and 9-12 and teach students about the dangers of substance misuse, the influence of social pressure, and strategies to avoid substance use.