We have heard from parents and school administrators throughout the South Bay that vaping and e-cigarette use is on the rise among students, and that there is a great deal of confusion about the health hazards these products pose for youth. On this page we have consolidated current information from reputable resources to help parents understand and help prevent this trend. We hope you will consider sharing this information with your student, as well as encourage them to participate in SBFC's Pass On It project. Pass On It gives teens an opportunity to research this topic, engage in the real facts, and personally define and share their own reasons to say "I'll pass," when it comes to dealing with the current peer pressure surrounding e-cigarette and vaping use. Note: clicking on many of the images and links below will take you out of the SBFC website, but SBFC will remain open in your browser.
What Are E-cigarettes? What's Vaping? Why Are They Not for Teens?
Find Real Answers
Click on the image to go directly to Stanford University's information page that describes what these products are, and why they pose a health hazard to youth. Here you will also find outstanding evidence-based educational material for educators and parents.
Click on the CDC logo to go directly to an information page that describes what these products are, On this website you will also find up-to-date statistics, youth tobacco prevention resources, and more.
Click on the smokefree.gov logo to see an overview of various tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. "Here’s the bottom line: There is no such thing as a “safe” or “safer” tobacco product."
A Visual Overview of Trending Nicotene Products
Cool-Looking and Sweet, Juul Is a Vice Teens Can’t Resist (New York Times)
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Prevention Campaigns Written for Youth
As a parent, you might hear, "It's not smoking, it's vaping!" Or, "Don't worry. It's just juice." Our kids are being told from different sources that vaping is not as bad for them, or even healthy, relative to smoking. They need to know that with any marketing, they should always be skeptical of the information presented.
Info and Activation For Youth - The Pass On It Project
Pass On It is a youth activation project created by South Bay Families Connected. The mission of the project is to encourage teens to find their own personal and fact-based reasons to say "I'll pass" to the things that hold them back, like smoking and vaping. The project is being piloted at participating SBFC Partner Schools.
Parents and educators may encourage teens to research the facts (see buttons below) and write about their own Top Five Reasons to Pass on Tobacco and vaping. When a good fit, parents and educators may suggest that their teen(s) share their blog for publication on the SBFC Teen blog page. Anonymous blogs are also accepted for publication. Please visit the Pass On It Facebook page or the SBFC Teen blog to see past blogs and videos from youth participants. All you have to do is share the instructions and links below with a teen and encourage them to participate.
Instructions for Teens
If you’re between the ages of 14-18, we invite you to participate in the Pass On It project by sharing five personal and fact-based reasons that help you say, “I’ll pass,” when it comes to tobacco and vaping. You can share your reasons with a teacher, mentor or parent, and you can also choose to enter the Pass On It blog and video contest. It is 100% free and all are welcome to participate. Whether you’ve never tried tobacco, have tried it, or are currently using, this is about reasons to consider saying no in the future. In other words, this is not a pledge.
For blog submissions, share your top five reasons to say, “I’ll pass,” when it comes to tobacco and vaping. Please make at least two of your reasons fact based. You can access facts and reasons other teens choose not to vape or smoke using the buttons below.
Resources to Help with Smoking Cessation
Access the Smoke Free Teen page to download quitStart, a free smartphone app for teens who want to quit smoking, as well helpful online tools for quitting, an online chat and phone number to connect you with an expert,
Want to help your teenager quite smoking or using Nicotene? The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department recommends Check with the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Coordinator of the teenager's school for information regarding youth cessation programs. Schools are required to provide such services. If the school does not provide the needed information, contact the school district office. Free one-on-one telephone counseling provided by the California Smokers' Helpline is available at 1-800-NO-BUTTS. There is also a teen California Smokers' Helpline Web site for teens at www.nobutts.ucsd.edu. For more information about stop smoking services in a particular area of Los Angeles County, contact the Los Angeles County Tobacco Control Program at (213) 351-7890. For more FAQs, click HERE.
Beach Cities Health District's Tobacco information and cessation resources page provides visitors with Beach Cities statistics of use and Tobacco control policies, as well as a list of smoking cessation resources.
The Torrance Memorial Medical Center Quit Smoking Program includes seven sessions and features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. Other than a $25 fee for materials, the program is provided by the Torrance Memorial Health System as a free community service.