Vaping (E-Cigarettes), Nicotine, and Tobacco Toolkit

If you are interested in holding an event or educational activity that focuses primarily on vaping and the dangers of nicotine and tobacco, here are links to the newest government resources.

Did you know many vapes contain nicotine, the same highly addictive drug found in cigarettes? Vaping nicotine can change your brain and lead to addiction.
Image courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Despite some promising signs that traditional tobacco cigarette use is decreasing among teenagers, unacceptably high numbers of youth are vaping nicotine. NIDA’s 2019 Monitoring the Future Survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th graders show alarmingly high rates of e-cigarette use compared to just a year ago. Reported e-cigarette use in 2019:

  • 1 in 5 8th graders
  • 1 in 4 10th graders
  • 1 in 11 12th graders

It is important for teens to know that most health concerns related to traditional tobacco cigarettes—addiction, lung disease, and effects on prenatal development—apply to vaping as well.

The most popular e-cigarette devices among young people resemble flash drives. Parents and teachers are often unaware their teens are using these devices because they are so small and don’t leave behind a strong smell, like tobacco cigarettes.

 

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We must be vigilant about educating teens on the health effects of tobacco and nicotine in all forms. Some research suggests that teens using e-cigarettes are likely to start smoking tobacco within the following year, since nicotine in vaping devices is highly addictive. In addition, there have been reports of serious lung illnesses and dozens of deaths from vaping. Most of the vaping products contained THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes the high, but some contained only nicotine. The illnesses could possibly be related to oil some manufacturers have added to the vaping liquid.

Manufacturers have added mint and other flavors to vaping pods, which have become popular among teens. However, the largest device manufacturer, JUUL, recently announced it would no longer sell mint-flavored pods in the U.S. This is in response to NIDA-funded research showing the popularity of that flavor among teens, and criticism from public health experts that it was marketing its products to teens. 

Resources

NOTE: All resources are from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and available online only unless otherwise indicated.

Publications

Mind Matters

Campaigns and other links

Research and Statistics

Multimedia and Interactive Resources

A toxic mix: 7,000+ chemicals in cigarette smoke, More than 70 can cause cancer, That's a recipe for disaster. Explore some of the ingredients.

Informational videos and digital media, including widgets for your website, are available through the Center for Tobacco Products Exchange Lab.

Additional Resources

Activity Ideas

Find FREE science- and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs – all funded or created by NIDA: Lesson Plan and Activity Finder Results: Tobacco, Nicotine, & E-Cigarettes

Additional Ideas

A Listicle Tickle
Remind teens about the dangers of drugs with a listicle about DrugFacts using NIDA’s resources. Read More
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Create a 1 minute video of how substance use has impacted your community or a neighbor community. Read More
Bake goods
Host a bake sale to help raise money for your club! Read More
 
Become a CSI Agent
Who can sort out clues in the CSI: Web Adventures virtual game and solve the mystery first. Read More
Illustration of a bike race
Organize a local bike party to raise awareness about substance use. Read More
¡BINGO PARA NDAFW!
El equipo de NDAFW se entusiasma con presentar un nuevo juego de Bingo que cualquier... Read More
 
Gone viral sign
Drugs & Health: NIDA’s Blog for Teens is full of emerging trends and the latest science-based research on drug misuse and addiction. Read More
Candlelight Vigil
Drug misuse can hurt families and communities, no matter where you live. Read More
Chat Day logo
Follow the Chat! Read More
 
Choose Your Path
Suggest that your school hold an assembly to focus on the dangers of prescription drugs. Read More
Concert with Local Bands
Everybody loves a good concert. Read More
Drug Awareness 5K
Staying healthy is more than just being drug-free! Read More
 
Football Trivia Party
With the Super Bowl coming up, why not use it as an incentive to get kids to think about leading healthier lives? Read More
Dancing
Put together a flash mob in the local school, mall, or Movie Theater. Read More
Get Involved
Host a program where everyone attending writes their Senator, Congresspeople, Mayors, Governors, or even the President. Read More
 
Good Morning, NDAFW!
During the school announcements over the PA system, have teachers, counselors, principal state a drug fact. Read more
Graffiti wall
Create a graffiti wall on poster paper with facts about drugs, slogans, facts/myths, and posters, about where to get help. Read More
Teens make music contest
Participate in the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Teens! Make Music Contest. Read More
 
Halftime Activities
Come up with creative and fun sports halftime contests! Read More
HBO Addiction Q A
NIDA and HBO have teamed up as co-presenters of an Addiction film series. Read More
Addiction and Art contest
Art can be a powerful expression of emotion around the theme of drugs and addiction. Read More
 
social media icons
Host a [Twitter chat, Facebook Live, etc.] to share scientific facts and SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. Read More
I want to SHATTER THE MYTHS because
Join NDAFW by sharing why you want to SHATTER THE MYTHS! Read More
I Resolve...
It’s the time of year for New Year’s Resolutions! Read More
 
Lunch n’ Learns
Learning while you eat is definitely more fun! Read More
Organize a massive sculpture exhibit at your school, or challenge other schools to enter this contest. Read More
Meme
Organize a meme challenge at your school. Read More
 
NDAFW BINGO!
Educate players about certain topics and facts surrounding drug and alcohol use. Read More
Peer-to-Peer Counseling
Sometimes the best people to explain facts to teens are teens themselves. Read More
Poster Campaign
Paint the town in drug fact posters! Read More
 
Art Contest or Poster Campaign
Create artwork to show what you’ve learned about prescription drug misuse. Read More

 

Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Write a radio public service announcement about teen prescription drug misuse. Read More
Rap Slam Poetry Slam
Are you and your friend good with words? Hold a "slam" event---writing rap lyrics or poetry about drug use. Read More
 
Remembering Celebrities
By understanding that drug misuse can extinguish talent, youth, and life, we can grasp the effects... Read More
Facebook Scavenger Hunt
Scatter clues around your school or community. Read More

 

School Assembly
There are many inspirational people in your community working with people recovering from drug misuse. Read More
 
Sidewalk Art
Hold a contest for teen artists. Read More
Social Media
Social media is the best way for getting information out fast, so let’s help spread the news about... Read More
Songwriters Competition
Use your musical talent to spread the word about drugs and drug misuse. Read More

 

 
Take it to the Streets
Volunteer at community events and hand out information regarding drugs and drug misuse. Read More
There's Snow Business like Show Business
Hey it’s getting cold outside! Time for an indoor karaoke or talent show. Read More
Trivia Night
Hold a trivia night at your school or community center. Read More
 
Wearing the Message
Get creative and develop your own messages and images to put on a t-shirt. Read More

 

Drugs: Shatter the Myths
Our free booklets are great resources for answering your questions. Read More
 

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