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New Curriculum for Building a Vaping- and Tobacco-Free School Environment

Youth vaping and tobacco use continues to be on the rise and is estimated to be at its highest levels in nearly 20 years. According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest study, nearly 20 percent of high school students and 4.7 percent of middle schoolers in America use e-cigarettes. Vaping has been shown to pose serious health risks to young people, and there is considerable evidence that youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to go on to use even deadlier cigarettes.

To educate America’s youth about the health dangers of e-cigarette usage, Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools has joined with tobacco cessation experts Truth Initiative, Everfi, and the American Heart Association to create a national youth vaping prevention curriculum called “Vaping: Know the truth” aimed at guiding teachers and educating young people about the dangers of vaping.  The free, digital learning course offers four interactive student-led modules and additional resources to help students live a vape-free life.

Along with implementing the “Vaping: Know the truth” materials, school and district leaders are encouraged to access the Tobacco-Free District Assessment — developed by Kaiser Permanente, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the CVS Health Foundation, the American Heart Association, and other national partners — to help identify opportunities to update or strengthen their current tobacco policies and practices.


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Has there been any research conducted on this curriculum yet? Is it evidence or researched based?

  2. Thank you for your question. The curriculum was developed by our partners at Truth Initiative, an organization that’s been at the forefront of leading behavior change initiatives around smoking and tobacco use. Each of their initiatives is backed by evidence, research, and scientific analysis. You can visit their website to learn more.

  3. The curriculum was developed over the course of this year, and while it doesn’t speak to COVID specifically (in order to keep it “evergreen”), it does address the additional stressors brought on by the pandemic.

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