FDA continues to work with Scholastic to develop new youth e-cigarette prevention resources for schools. FDA and Scholastic are expanding their collaboration to launch their first middle school resources in addition to new resources for high schools. Resources, such as lesson plans and activity sheets, will be sent to more than one million teachers to help them start educational conversations about the harms of youth e-cigarette use.
National Youth Tobacco Survey results show disturbing rates of e-cigarette use among both middle and high school students in 2019, with more than 5 million youth reporting having used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days and nearly one million reporting daily use. Educators play an active role in fighting the youth e-cigarette epidemic. FDA research suggests that when teachers talk about the health consequences of e-cigarettes and schools enforce anti-vaping policies, students may be less likely to use e-cigarettes.
“The Real Cost of Vaping” website, created by Scholastic, also includes a parent take-home sheet, infographics, youth cessation resources, and an educational program that can be used by schools as an alternative to student suspensions or citations. Additional FDA and Scholastic resources are in development and are expected to be available in Spring 2020.