Let’s Talk: Partnering to Prevent Student Vaping and Other Nicotine Use

February 15, 2019

While the ‘Let’s Talk’ blogs focuses on empowering parents and caregivers to support their youth in making healthy decisions, schools and communities are also working hard to address the teen vaping epidemic. Stillwater Area Public Schools is alarmed by this trend and trying to educate not only teens, but also themselves by:

  • Hosting staff development and parent presentations on chemical health with a specific focus on vaping

  • Including information on vaping in packets to staff about safety and security reminders

  • Increasing supervision of bathrooms

  • Educating students in health classes and other guest presentations  

  • Offering restorative opportunities for students caught vaping at school such as YCAPP, and referrals to internal and outside resources

  • Distributing health-based information on educational posters around the school from the MN Department of Health

  • Continuing to explore resources and creative responses to prevent and reduce student vaping

Many communities have already passed Tobacco 21 policies to limit youth access to tobacco until age 21, when the portion of the brain responsible for rational decision-making is more fully developed.

Let’s continue working together to support the health and well-being of our youth!