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No matter how it's delivered, nicotine is addictive and harmful for youth and young adults

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  • E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air.

  • These devices come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid.

  • E-cigarettes are known by many different names. Sometimes called "e-cigs," "e-hookahs," "mods," "vapes," "tank systems," and "electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)."

  • There are a wide range of reusable e-cigarettes and "pods," which enables users to replace a cartridge or refill a tank with liquid solution, and there are disposable devices, which aren't meant to be refilled. There are also "mods," which are units that users assemble themselves from separate component parts.

  • E-cigarettes are less harmful than commercial cigarettes, but are not risk-free or safe!

  • The emergence of e-cigarettes have presented regulatory challenges. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has regulatory authority over all vaping products and other tobacco products. Vape manufacturers cannot market products without FDA authorization.


Check out the Truth Initiative's

Vaping Page here.


Newly launched vaping awareness campaign in Tompkins County aimed at educating young people how vaping can negatively impact activities they enjoy doing.



Click Here to Learn More About the  ALA Vape Free Schools Initiative


FREE 1-hour online training course for anyone working with youth to provide brief tobacco cessation interventions to use with young people

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To educate America’s students about the health dangers of e-cigarette use and reverse the pervasive youth vaping epidemic, Truth Initiative and Kaiser Permanente in collaboration with the American Heart Association, have launched a national youth vaping prevention curriculum called Vaping: Know the truth. This free digital learning experience is being developed as part of Truth Initiative’s nationally recognized truth campaign and will be made available to schools by leading social impact education innovator, EVERFI.

Grades 8 - 12

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Drop The Vape

Drop the Vape is a FREE text-based youth vaping cessation service for youth ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-24 provided by the NYS Dept. of Health. Developed by the Truth Initiative, messages  show the benefits and challenges of quitting, help young people feel motivated, inspired and supported throughout the quitting process. Text DropTheVape to 88709.

Free posters, palm cards, and rack cards for middle schools, high schools and young adults are available here to view, download and print.

Downloadable Cessation Flyers
for teens

Click the images to download


FDA's "The Real Cost" E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign


The FDA’s Vaping Prevention and Education Resource Center is an online hub with science-based, standards-mapped materials teachers can use to help students understand the dangers associated with vaping and nicotine addiction. The resource center features numerous age-appropriate, cross-curricular resources for teachers to promote learning and begin having open conversations with youth about vaping.


In addition to content designed for teachers, there are also materials for parents and teens. All content on the resource center is free, easy to navigate, and optimized for each audience.

Print materials and downloads


Click here to check out various youth initiatives from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to foster young leaders who are striving to make the next generation tobacco-free.


Vaping Prevention 


Free lessons to teach students about the harms of vaping and other tobacco products.

Click here to read this SAMHSA guide that supports 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.


Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes (PAVe) is a national advocacy and education organization powered by volunteers.

If you're looking for the latest news, resources and ways to take action, check out PAVe's website.


Cortland Prevention Resources offers evidence-based programs Too Good for Drugs and Teen Intervene to help young people make better decisions for themselves - and can be applied to tobacco use (including vaping).

Contact Melissa Simmons

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TST BOCES offers Teen Intervene, evidence-based program for teenagers (12-19 years old) suspected of experiencing mild or moderate substance use, covering all drugs but with a special focus on alcohol, marijuana and tobacco use.

TST BOCES covers all BOCES programs, Dryden, Lansing, Newfield, Trumansburg, Boynton Middle School & DeWitt Middle School at Ithaca City School District.

Contact Brandi Remington


E-cigarettes can pose   a threat to human health and to the environment if they are not disposed of properly.

E-cigarette and e-liquid waste should not be thrown in the regular trash or flushed down a sink. Instead, these items should be taken safely to a hazardous waste facility.

Disposing of E-cigarette Waste: Options for New York State  

Click here!

FDA Tips for Safe Disposal of E-Cigarettes and E-Liquid Waste

Click here!

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Click here for additional resources on pediatric and school-based youth cessation resources.

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