Tools to Address Vaping/E-Cigarette Use

Guy with beard using vaping device Nicotine use, specifically in the form of electronic nicotine delivery systems or vaping, has been steadily climbing for the past five years. The number of people, including youth, indicating they are vaping has reached epic proportions. Some communities are identifying a four- or five-fold increase in the use of this form of nicotine.

MHA seeks to provide guidance on this crucial public health concern given the rising number of cases of severe pulmonary disease and death. Tools to address vaping – with closer examination of prevention, but also providing treatment for individuals interested in quitting – may be found here.

  • Information & Research
  • Policy
  • Cessation
  • Education

Information and Research on Vaping


Health Advisories:

Research:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. View the latest updates on the CDC website.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration:

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is providing consumers with information to help protect themselves while health officials investigate recent illnesses following the use of vaping products.

Policy


American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation:

Bridging the Gap: Status of Smokefree Air in the United States – The report discusses the ongoing problem of secondhand smoke exposure, and encourages prioritization of smokefree policy development to protect and improve the health and safety of all workers and patrons. Missouri is one of the highlighted states due to lack of policy covering employees in casino settings.

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation provides multiple sample policies for a variety of settings. Also included are enforcement suggestions.

Tools for Assisting Youth and Adults With Cessation


Youth Cessation


Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH)

Developed by the American Lung Association, INDEPTH™ is a free education program available for any school or community to establish to help teens make healthier choices. The program is a convenient alternative to suspension or citation that helps schools and communities address the teen vaping problem in a more supportive way. Instead of solely focusing on punitive measures, INDEPTH™ teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the unhealthy addiction that got them in trouble in the first place.

INDEPTH™ was piloted at 11 schools across the U.S. with 60% of student participants reporting that they were willing to quit using tobacco products after completing the program.

Not On Tobacco Teen Smoking and Vaping Cessation Program

The American Lung Association offers a natural complement to INDEPTH. Not On Tobacco® (N-O-T) is a voluntary teen-centered cessation program inclusive in addressing all tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes. Unlike other cessation programs which simply modify adult curriculum, N-O-T was designed with teenagers in mind and addresses issues that are specifically important to them.

This is Quitting Cessation Program

The Truth Initiative announced its “This is Quitting” cessation program for youth, along with a Twitter #DitchJuul campaign, which is specifically targeted toward youth vaping cessation.

ASPIRE Program

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


Adult Cessation


CDC Quitlines

CDC Quitlines: 1-800-QUIT-NOW is a toll-free number operated by the National Cancer Institute that will connect callers directly to their state’s tobacco quitline.

Freedom From Smoking

Freedom from Smoking is an adult cessation program developed by the American Lung Association that uses proven activities and tools to help understand relationships with tobacco – and how to say good-be to smoking for good.

Education


MHA Webinars