Tools for schools
Schools and youth groups can make use of several credible resources, and the list is growing all the time.
Teachers, educators, and youth groups are in a unique position to provide non-judgemental information to teens and their families about youth vaping.
Here are a few things you can do:
Familiarize yourself with what vaping devices look like. They come in many shapes and sizes, some even look like a USB stick.
Talk to teens about the health risks. While we might not know a lot about the long-term risks, we do know that there are chemicals in the vaping liquids and that vaping can lead to coughing, wheezing, inflammation of the lungs and an increased heart rate.
Remind teens about the dangers of nicotine. The brain is developing until around age 25, nicotine use during this time can impair the parts of the brain responsible for memory, mood, concentration, and impulse control. Nicotine is also highly addictive, and youth are particularly susceptible to becoming dependent on nicotine.
Take a look at some of these resources
- Questions about vaping
- How is vaping effecting me (with links to supports)
McCreary Centre Society – offers insights into youth experiences with vaping
- Understanding Tobacco Use and Vaping Among BC Youth –report, presentation, regional reports, poster
- Youth vaping during COVID-19 - report, presentation, infographic for parents, youth workshop facilitation guide
- Clearing the Air infographic
Quick Tips - Lower Risk Nicotine Use Guidelines - This resource offers practical tips to help people make informed decisions about the types of nicotine they use and the health effects associated with the different products, including smokeless tobacco (chew), water-pipes, and e-cigarettes.