The 2022 U.S. National Youth Tobacco Survey found:
• More than 1 in 4 middle and high school students used e-cigarettes daily.
• The most commonly used device type among middle and high schoolers was disposables.
• Approximately 85% of the students surveyed used flavored e-cigarettes.
Technology makes nicotine addiction among adolescents and young adults easier than ever. These products are not only addictive, but they also allow a large number of harmful chemicals to enter the body. E-Cigarettes affect the body; however, many do not realize they also affect many students’ education. At alarming rates, students are suspended from school because they get caught using e-cigarette devices.
Parents and schools need more information about e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. The mission of VapeEducate is to provide schools, administrators, parents, and concerned community groups with an additional tool to aid in the vape education of children and young adults. Education can bring the change necessary to allow our children to grow up as healthy adults.
VapeEducate is a program initially designed to be completed by middle and high school students. However, it can benefit anyone interested in learning more about e-cigarettes, vaping, and Juuling. It can also be an educational program for teachers, parents, and other community members. The program is designed to be a tool that provides supplemental material to educate students about vaping.
In addition to the topic presentations above, each module consists of mini-quizzes to encourage active participation and recollect important information. At the end of the first six modules, students are required to take and pass with an 80% mastery level at the end of module assessments. Final results are emailed in real-time to the principal, administrator, parent, or community group leaders administering the program. Each module also contains reflection questions designed to encourage critical thinking, and the reflection questions can be shared with the group leader via email or other documentation. Group leaders are encouraged to utilize the accompanied individual or group discussion questions presented throughout the program.