These tools and resources are for Iowa school staff, including administrators, educators, teachers and health services staff, who are working to address the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products in schools. This page outlines opportunities for action that can be taken by various school staff, along with resources and tools to help.

School Administrators

Tobacco-free spaces are a proven way to prevent youth tobacco use and protect students, faculty, and visitors from secondhand smoke. Tobacco-free schools is one way to address the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices among youth.

What You Can Do

Strengthen and review current policy.

Promote health messaging throughout school.

Educate parents about vaping and the risks.

Shareable Documents

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Curriculum Coordinators, Health Educators, and Teachers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides evidence-based recommendations to help design and implement quality school programs to prevent tobacco use. While the tobacco industry continues to engage schools and offer free tobacco prevention curriculum, industry-sponsored school-based programs are ineffective and may ultimately promote tobacco use among youth.

What You Can Do

  • Update curriculum that addresses the harms of nicotine and e-cigarette use.
  • Often times the tobacco industry sponsors youth prevention programs, see the link below to learn more about how these are ineffective.
  • The CDC developed this presentation to educate youth on e-cigarettes, including the health risks, the factors that lead to e-cigarette use, and what youth can do to avoid all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. This resource is intended for adults who educate or serve youth ages 11 – 18 (teachers, youth ministers, coaches, scout leaders, etc.). Utilizing the talking points and information for users document, the presenter does not require additional information, nor permission to deliver the presentation.
  • Disposing of E-Cigarette Waste