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We have seen historic declines in alcohol use, binge drinking, and cigarette smoking among Florida’s middle and high school students. Cigarette smoking is at an all-time low with only 2.5% of Floridians ages 12-17 currently smoking. However, according to the World Health Organization, tobacco use still kills nearly 6 million people around the world each year. In the United States, tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death and disease. It causes many types of cancer, as well as heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and other health problems. Use the below resources and curriculum to help prevent your students from ever using tobacco.
Want to know another great way to keep them from starting? Teach them about the dangers of E-cigarettes, the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. Although originally marketed to replace cigarettes and reduce the number of smokers, the data indicates vaping is actually creating more people addicted to nicotine and increasing the number of smokers. Go to the vaping prevention webpage or click here to learn more about vaping.
Policy 2401: Tobacco-Free Environment prohibits all use, possession, sale and/or transmittal of tobacco, tobacco products, E-cigarettes, vapor devices and/or components of E-cigarettes, vapor devices or similar anytime, anywhere, by anyone on any District-owned property. This includes school sponsored events after regular school hours. At no time are students allowed to possess, use, sale, or transmit drugs, alcohol or tobacco products. They may not possess drug paraphernalia or transmit over-the-counter medications. Violation of District drug and substance abuse policies could lead to suspension or possible expulsion.
There are many ways we can help prevent our students from misusing drugs. Click on the "Curriculum" image to find substance prevention as well as social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum. SEL is an effective strategy to insure lifelong wellness.
For E-cigarette and vaping specific curriculum, go here. These intervention curriculum are provided to BCPS students in a tiered structure, to meet individual student's needs.
Data and Surveys
There are numerous data sources that can provide you more information on this topic. Go to our Data and Surveys page to learn more.
Additional Resources & Links
Please Note: Program or website inclusion does not imply endorsement by the BCPS. Please contact the program developers directly for the most current information.
- CATCH My Breath Curriculum: A best-practices youth E-cigarette and JUUL prevention program developed providing up-to-date information to teachers, parents, and health professionals to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about the use of E-cigarettes, including JUUL devices. CATCH My Breath utilizes a peer-led teaching approach and meets National and State Health Education Standards.
- CATCH My Breath Distance-Learning Resource: “Vaping, Lung Health, & Infectious Diseases”
- Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Curriculum
- Facts about Vaping Lesson Plan Gr 9-12
- Florida Online Youth Tobacco Education Program
- Florida Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators
- Getting the Facts Straight Vaping Activity
- United Way Prevention Education Center
Guides, Information, How to Quit, Flyers, Videos, & Resources
- 7 Things E-Cigarette and Vaping Companies Don't Want You to Know
- The CDC's Youth Tobacco Prevention
- CADCA: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, 1-800-54-CADCA
- CATCH My Breath: Audio PSA of the Surgeon General on nicotine and the brain.
- CDC's Smoking and Tobacco Use
- Drugs and More: A guide to addictions.
- Drug Watch: Keeping an Eye on Pharmaceuticals: a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications, their side effects, addictive qualities, and the latest on FDA drug alerts.
- Easy to Read Drug Facts: An ideal resource for anyone interested in learning more about drug abuse.
- E-Cigarette Info For Parents & Educators
- E-Cigarette Parent Tip Sheet
- Electronic E-Cigarettes Toolkit: A free tool from the United Way of Broward County Commission on Behavioral Health and Drug Prevention (UWBCCBH).
- The Facts Now
- FDA Commissioner Letter: Learn about the latest statistics and how the FDA is addressing e-cigarette use among youth in this special message to teachers from the FDA Commissioner.
- First Call for Help, 211 Broward: “Help is Just a Phone Call Away!” A 24-hour, free, confidential telephone Helpline for crisis/suicide counseling, empathetic listening and community information and referrals for health and human services resources in Broward County. Just Dial 2-1-1 or (954) 537-0211.
- High School Vaping at Epidemic Levels: Infographic
- Informed Families
- Just Think Twice
- Know the Risks Video: The Surgeon General's Report on e-cigarettes and young people.
- National Family Partnership
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Has numerous resources on every drug, including sites just for parents and just for teens teens.drugabuse.gov.
- 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey Finds Cause for Concern: Infographic
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
- SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
- Social Norm Website
- Stop Smoking
- Stop Vaping App
- Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth
- Surgeon General Report on Youth E-Cigarette Use: Full report. E Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults Report Fact Sheet: Report brief.
- The Real Cost: Giving you the most accurate, up-to-date information about the harmful effects of tobacco use, so you know the real cost of smoking, vaping, and other tobacco use.
- Tobacco Articles
- Tobacco Free Florida: Information, resources and help to quit.
- Truth Initiative
- The United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse (UWBCCSA): A broad based substance use/abuse coalition dedicated to reducing substance use/abuse and all its devastating consequences on individuals, families, and communities. Resources available on the DrugFreeBroward website.
- USB Sticks As E-cigarettes
- Vaping - What You Need to Know And How to Talk With Your Kids About Vaping: A guide from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
- ALA report: Federal and state actions to limit tobacco use fall short
- American Lung Association
- AAP News and Journals
- Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Chapter 13, Tobacco Control
- Food and Drug Administration
- National Library of Medicine
- Tobacco Free Kids
Vaping; The “Cool” and Dangerous New Alternative to Cigarettes