ALA launches plan to end youth vaping
OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) — In 2019, 17 percent of Nebraska high school students used e-cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Research shows that vaping harms developing lungs and impacts a person’s overall health. With lung health more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic, the American Lung Association (ALA) launched a broad plan to end youth vaping.
“As the school year resumes, more students may experience social pressure to vape, while others may begin to vape in response to stress, including stress related to COVID-19,” said Leah Martin, Director of Advocacy for the Lung Association. “We’re already facing what the Surgeon General refers to as a ‘youth vaping epidemic.’ Our communities need support, and as the nation’s trusted champion of lung health, the American Lung Association is proud to offer Nebraska schools, parents and students proven approaches to end youth vaping in our communities and state.”
The ALA’s comprehensive plan to end youth vaping encompasses education, advocacy and research, and has four components:
- “Get Your Head Out of the Cloud” public awareness campaign with the Ad Council equips parents with the facts about e-cigarettes and support conversations before kids start to vape. The campaign includes free educational resources and guides, conversation starters and facts about vaping at TalkAboutVaping.org.
- Vape-Free Schools Initiative to help school administrators and educators address the surge of youth vaping through guidance in implementing a comprehensive tobacco use policy, an alternative to suspension program for students found non-compliant with existing tobacco use policies, as well as offering a voluntary youth-centered tobacco cessation, including vaping cessation assistance, for youth wanting to quit tobacco use for good. Participating schools will be recognized as part of the ALA Vape-Free Schools Initiative in their communities and with parents and staff.
- Two-million-dollar research investment to understand the effects of vaping on developing lungs. The organization is also partnering with Northwestern Medicine in a $25 million National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded grant to study the longitudinal lung health of millennials, including the long-term impact of vaping.
For more information about the Lung Association’s work to end youth vaping, visit TalkAboutVaping.org.