E-Cigarettes and Vaping
On 1/2/19 the NYSED and NYSDOH released a joint memo relating to the increased use and impact of e-cigarettes among our students. Click here to read it on our Laws, Guidelines and Memos page under Memos by Content.
Note: July 2019, Governor Cuomo signed legislation to raise the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21. This legislation builds on the Governor's comprehensive efforts to combat health threats from tobacco and e-cigarette products. On September 12, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order that directs state agencies to deploy education awareness programs on vaping and include vaping and e-cigarette prevention and cessation measures in their educational programs and employee trainings. The order also directs DOH to work with the State Education Department to immediately develop and deploy these measures for school districts to incorporate into their curriculums.
American Academy of Pediatrics Resources (AAP)
E-Cigarettes and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems - What Parents Need to Know (pdf) a fact sheet for parents on risks of ENDS including, are they safe, dangers to youth, the risk of poisoning, and recommendations for ENDS users (AAP, 1/20/20)
End the Youth Vaping Epidemic -The American Lung Association's initiative to end the youth vaping epidemic launched on September 1, 2020, with an integrated, multi-component approach to support parents, schools, and students (ALA, 9/2020).
INDEPTH: An Alternative to Teen Nicotine Suspension or Citation - Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) is a new, convenient alternative to suspension or citation that helps schools and communities address the teen vaping problem in a more supportive way.
Electronic Cigarettes webpage - Provides an overview of types, use, and health implications for youth (CDC, 2/22/18).
The Tobacco Control Network: Youth E-Cigarette Micro-Learning Videos - TCN and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) collaborated to produce a pair of youth e-cigarette use microlearning videos (11:04 and 6:35 minutes versions).
Respiratory illnesses Associated with Use of Vaping Products - warning letter to JUUL Labs, FDA launches its first youth e-cigarette prevention tv ads.
The Real Cost Campaign - This page includes an e-cigarette prevention campaign, smokeless tobacco prevention campaign, cigarette smoking prevention campaign, and campaign resources. Download or order free youth e-cigarette prevention posters, infographics, and videos.
Health Powered Kids - Includes lessons and activities on nutrition, physical fitness, hygiene and mind-body balance, health and wellness in a series of 60+ lessons on nutrition, physical fitness, and mind-body balance for youth, ages 3 to 14 years with links to national health and physical education standards. (Alina Health)
National Federation of High Schools
National Institutes of Health Resources (NIH)
Vaping Devices (Electronic Cigarettes) Drug Facts - Provides an overview of how e-cigarettes work, use in teens, the effect on the brain, government regulation, 2016 FDA tobacco rule, and information from the US Surgeon General. (NIH, 3/18/18)
Get the Facts - Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes) and Similar Vapor Devices. Includes links to NYS laws on tobacco and vaping restrictions related to youth.
Funded by the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control, Reality Check empowers youth to take action to decrease tobacco use, protect youth from exposure to tobacco marketing and imagery and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
The Reducing Vaping Among Youth and Young Adults guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent vaping. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps band implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.
E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know Teachers Guide - Provides lessons, writing prompts by grade level, worksheets videos, and links to other resources (Scholastic.com, 2015).
Stanford Medicine Resources
The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit - Educational modules for educators, administrators, parents/guardians, and anyone who works with youth that is aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of cigarettes, cigars/cigarillos, chew, hookah, and electronic cigarettes.
E-Cigarettes and Vape Pens Module - This module provides an understanding of the inner workings of e-cigarettes, the content of the aerosols they produce, and thirdhand smoke. It's broken down into 6 units, each of which explores e-cigarettes in-depth with fact sheets, presentations, and links to other resources.
Truth Initiative is the largest non-profit public health organization dedicated to tobacco education, research, and policy. Previously known as the American Legacy Foundation, they were established as part of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. It provides state-specific info that can be used to educate students, families, and staff.
Page Reviewed 9/16/21