VAPING PREVENTION & QUIT RESOURCES: Tips for Parents & Schools
FROM SEATTLE KING COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH INSIDER BLOG
School-age kids are using vaping devices at an alarming rate. According to a 2020 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 high school-age kids now say that they use e-cigarettes, and many falsely believe the products are safe. Driving their popularity is a discreet and high-tech look. To make things worse, they can deliver much higher concentrations of addictive nicotine than regular cigarettes, leading to a new generation of addicted tobacco users.
Understanding why young people are using vaping products points to the critical role parents, teachers, and school administrators play in the health and well-being of their students. Influential adults are responsible for providing students support and information to stay vape-free or the tools to quit if they are already vaping.
Unfortunately, according to a Truth Initiative study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine near the start of the epidemic, fewer than half – 44.2% – of parents could identify a picture of JUUL (the most popular vaping device at the time) as a type of e-cigarette. More than one-third couldn’t recognize the device at all.
Please read the rest of Insider blog article here to learn the steps you can take to support students and help prevent vaping at school.