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Vaping Education

Presentation by Stacey Schakel, MPS Nurse Coordinator

February 27, 2019

Below is the YouTube video Ms. Shakel created with Mashpee TV.

What is Vaping?


Your Teen Is Underestimating the Health Risks of Vaping



December 18, Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a rare advisory—the fourth in 10 years—from his office. “I am officially declaring e-cigarette use [vaping] among youth an epidemic in the United States,” Dr. Adams said.   

The numbers are startling. Eleven percent of high school seniors, 8 percent of 10th-graders, and 3.5 percent of eighth-graders reported vaping with nicotine in a one month period, according to a national survey released from the University of Michigan late last year. The worrying part? Young people think vaping is mostly harmless. 

To understand vaping, it’s best to start on broad terms. To vape is to inhale vapor created from a liquid heated up inside a device. From there, things quickly get complicated. The devices have many names—vape pens, pod mods, tanks, electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDS), e-hookahs and e-cigarettes. The liquid they contain also has many monikers—it might be called e-juice, e-liquid, cartridges, pods, or oil. Most vape liquids contain a combination of propylene glycol or glycerol—also called glycerin—as a base, and nicotine, marijuana, or flavoring chemicals to produce common or outlandish flavors, from mint to “unicorn puke.” The devices rely on batteries to power heating elements made of various materials that aerosolize the liquid. 


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Vaping  Resources

Vaping Resources:


Prevention Resources

  • E-Cigarette Prevention: CATCH My Breath – CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health). A youth e-cigarette prevention program targeting ages 11-18.  The program is divided into 4 sessions lasting 35-40 minutes each and uses a variety of educational strategies including: cooperative learning groups, group discussions, goal setting, interviews, and analyzing mass media.

  • The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit – Stanford University School of Medicine. A toolkit for teachers with in-classroom units and lesson plans on e-cigarettes, tobacco, and nicotine. The toolkit includes PowerPoints, discussion guides, worksheets, and activities.

  • ASPIRE – MD Anderson Center. ASPIRE is a free, bilingual, online tool that helps middle and high school teens learn about being tobacco free.

  • smokeSCREEN: A Smoking Prevention Videogame – play2PREVENT

  • Get Smart about Tobacco: Health and Science Education Program – Scholastic

Cessation Resources

  • Smokefree Teen – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Truth Initiative® has expanded its quit-smoking resources to include a first-of-its kind e-cigarette quit program. This innovative and free text message program was created with input from teens, college students and young adults who have attempted to, or successfully, quit e-cigarettes. The program is tailored by age group to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting. The program will also serve as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape. To access the new e-cigarette quit program, users can text "QUIT" to (202) 804-9884.

  • Talk to an expert for cessation help – 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

  • Caron Educational Alliance -

  • Project CONNECT -

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