E-Cigarettes and Vaping

On 1/2/19 the NYSED and NYSDOH have 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.

View the NYSCSH Webinar on E-Cigarettes and Vaping on the NYSCSH Professional Learning Page. Click here to view it. (1 CTLE, Dec 2018)

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.  In 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)

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Webpage-Fact sheet on e-cigarettes.

E-Cigarettes and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: What Parents Need to Know PDF-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)

American Lung Association

new End the Youth Vaping EpidemicThe 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).

E-Cigarettes Resource Page-Contains answers to common questions about e-cigarettes, including health consequences, risks of secondhand emissions, kids and e-cigarettes and FDA oversight.

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. 

CDC Resources

Electronic Cigarettes Webpage-Provides an overview of types, use, and health implications for youth (CDC, 2/22/18). 

E-Cigarette Microlearning Videos. The Tobacco Control Network (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).  

FDA Resources

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-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

Understanding Vaping and E-cigarettes. This course helps dispel such misconceptions and highlights specific risks such as nicotine addiction for youth who try vaping and e-cigarettes.

National Institutes of Health Resources (NIH)

What are electronic cigarettes Webpage-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)

NYS Department of Health Tobacco Control Program

Get the Facts - Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes) and Similar Devices. Includes links to NYS laws on tobacco and vaping restrictions related to youth. 

Reality Check 

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 and 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-Modules which provide an understanding of the inner workings of e-cigarettes, the content of the aerosols they produce, and thirdhand smoke. It's broken down into 5 units, each of which explores e-cigarettes in-depth with fact sheets, presentations, and links to other resources.

Truth Initiative®

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.

U.S. Surgeon General

Know the Risks – E-cigarettes and Young People
Provides FAQS, healthcare provider info, videos, and fact sheets for youth, parents, and educators. (2018)

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Page updated 5/16/2021