The American Lung Association announced the new Vape-Free Schools Initiative, a comprehensive program to help school administrators and educators address the surge of youth vaping across Florida.
“In Florida, 25.6% of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2019. Vaping harms developing lungs and overall health and may place people at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. We must do more to protect our youth from a lifetime of addiction to deadly tobacco products,” said Kellie Brunner, Health Promotions Manager for the Lung Association. “Through our Vape-Free Schools Initiative, the Lung Association is helping schools navigate this public health emergency with tools to protect and support both schools and students.”
The Florida Vape-Free Schools Initiative includes a comprehensive toolkit of resources, trainings and guidance for schools, including:
- INDEPTH: The Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health is a four-session program facilitated in either a one-on-one or group setting for students who violate school tobacco policies. Instead of focusing on punitive measures, INDEPTH teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the unhealthy addiction.
- Not On Tobacco (N-O-T): N-O-T is a tobacco cessation program designed with teenagers in mind. It takes a holistic approach with each session using different interactive learning strategies based on Social Cognitive Theory of behavior change. This encourages a voluntary change for youth ages 14 to 19.
- Vape-Free School Policy Assessment: Through this brief school policy assessment, educators can see how their school can improve their policies in order to provide students, employees and visitors with clear guidance.
School administrators and educators interested in getting involved in the Vape-Free Schools Initiative can contact Kellie Brunner at 904-362-8073 or at Kellie.Brunner@Lung.org.
For more information about the Lung Association’s work to end youth vaping, visit TalkAboutVaping.org.