Substance Abuse Prevention: E-Cigarette and Vaping School Curriculum & Resources
Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or vaping of e-cigarettes among youth has become a national epidemic. To provide greater awareness regarding the prevention and intervention resources, Broward County Public Schools has developed a tiered curriculum structure for students. Download the ENDS Currciulum Resources Flyer for more information.
Consequences for E-Cigarette/Vaping Infractions in School
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Tier 1 Resources For All Schools
Tier 1 curriculum and resources are intended for all schools to utilize as their E‑Cigarette & JUUL Prevention Program. Curriculum is provided by CATCH My Breath™, a prevention program specific to students’ use of E-cigarettes. To learn more, download the Catch My Breath Youth E-Cigarette & Juul Prevention Program flyer.
CATCH My Breath Curriculum
Visit www.catchmybreath.org for program and resources for elementary school students, grade 5-12. Teachers must create an online account to view and utilize the curriculum, videos, and parent resources. This curriculum is provided at no cost to schools.
Tier 2 Resources for ISS and Short-Term AES Programs
Tier II resources are intended for schools to utilize as intervention curriculum within their Internal School Suspension (ISS) and short-term Alternative to External Suspension (AES) programs. The curriculum is adapted from materials provided by Scholastic, specifically targeting students who have been provided a school level consequence for the possession or use of E-Cigarettes. The curriculum focuses on teaching students the dangers and health risks associated with the use of E-Cigarettes and vaping.
Internal School Suspension (ISS) Curriculum:
- Letter to Educators
- Scholastic-The Facts About Vaping Article
- Scholastic- The Facts About Vaping Activity
- National Youth Tobacco Survey Finds
- Youth Cigarette Prevention Infographic
Short-Term Alternative to External Suspension (AES) Program Curriculum:
Tier 3 Resources for Alternative Center Programs
Tier III resources are intended for Alternative Center schools to utilize as intensive intervention curriculum within their Alternative to External Suspension (AES) programs and the Preventing Recidivism Through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support & Education (PROMISE) program. The curriculum in Stanford Medical’s Tobacco Prevention Toolkit has a combination of theory-based and evidence-informed resources created by educators, parents, and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of tobacco and nicotine.
This unit provides a broad understanding of the Tobacco industry and the many tobacco products currently available, from cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, little cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookah and many others.
This unit provides an explanation of how menthol works to increase the amount of nicotine used. Students will learn about the history of how tobacco companies have targeted the African American community and discuss the associated political and social factors of this social justice issue.
In this unit, students will learn about the history of tobacco messaging and marketing tactics and explore how the e-cigarettes/vape pen industry follows in these footsteps. Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to identify predatory marketing strategies employed by tobacco and e-cigarettes/vape pen industry.
In this unit, students will obtain knowledge about how e-cigarettes/vape pens are made to work and understand the mechanisms by which the products of e-cigarettes/vape pens are absorbed into the body. Students will learn about the health consequences of using e-cigarettes/vape pens and about how the aerosol produced is not just harmless water vapor through a visual demonstration.
In this unit, students will learn about the negative health effects caused by e-cigarette and vape pen use, the effects of nicotine on the body and the harmful effects of e-juice flavors.
In this unit, students will understand specific marketing strategies that e-cigarettes/vape pen manufacturers and the tobacco industry use to increase use among adolescents. Students will have the opportunity to explore the appeal of e-cigarettes/vape pens among adolescents in order to counter the appeal.
In this unit, students will learn and practice skills that will allow them to resist e-cigarette/vape pen use and review the information they learned from the e-cigarette/vape pen module activities. Students will demonstrate their learning by creating individual projects to reflect on the impact of e-cigarettes/vape pens.
In this unit, students will obtain accurate knowledge about pod-based systems (e.g., JUUL, PHIX, Suorin) and how they are made to work like a cigarette. Students will identify marketing strategies to attract new and adolescent customers and learn about the effects that nicotine in pod-based systems has on the adolescent body and brain.
These two units provide students with information about the human brain and the unique aspects of the adolescent brain, addiction, and the specifics of nicotine addiction. Students will be able to define addiction as a chronic brain disease and understand the differences between an addiction, a want, a need, and a habit. Students will identify and correct common misconceptions about addiction and understand how addiction seizes control of the brain’s natural processes.
In this unit, students will understand nicotine and its addictive properties and learn how tobacco companies design tobacco properties to be addictive.
Additional Activities & Lessons
Positive Youth Development (PYD) is an approach or process to working with youth in which educators and other youth-serving professionals provide support and opportunities for youth to enhance their interests, skills, abilities and actions. This Tobacco Precention Toolkit, developed by the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Stanford University was designed to provide educators with strategies to work with youth on tobacco prevention and intervention efforts.
Additional Activities & Lessons
These activities are designed to help youth build the skills necessary to refuse the use of nicotine and tobacco products. Here they are presented as non-specific templates that can each be used to discuss any tobacco/nicotine product.