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.
- Find more information about the “Vaping: Know the truth” e-curriculum for youth.
- Access the Tobacco-Free District Assessment and additional tobacco-free resources on Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s website.
- Learn more about the launch of “Vaping: Know the truth” with Kaiser Permanente, Truth Initiative, Everfi, and the American Heart Association.