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Vaping devices continue to change, making it challenging for parents, caregivers and school administrators to stay on top of current trends.


E-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The liquid usually has nicotine and flavoring in it, and other additives. The nicotine in e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes is addictive. E-cigarettes are considered tobacco products because most of them contain nicotine, which comes from tobacco.

Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including:

  • ultra-fine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs

  • flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease

  • volatile organic compounds

  • heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead


Check out the Truth Initiative's

Vaping Page here.



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


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 for teaching 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

The Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County provides Teen Intervene for Ithaca High School, Lehman Alternative Community School, and New Roots.

Call (607) 274-6288


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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