Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ (TFHNJ), a program funded by the NJ Department of Health, recognizes that vaping has become an epidemic among our middle and high school students. According to data from CDC and the FDA’s National Youth Tobacco Survey, the percentage of high school children reporting past 30-day use of e-cigarettes rose by more than 75% between 2017 and 2018.
In a response to this alarming trend TFHNJ has created a comprehensive, multi strategy approach. These strategies include the Youth Tobacco Action Groups, the creation of a Vaping Policy Toolkit, and the “Don’t Get Vaped In” training initiative. Each of these strategies have been put in place to engage youth tobacco prevention and assist schools and communities in responding effectively using educational and supportive approaches.
1.Adult to Adult training: School personnel, parents and community with Don’t Get Vaped In: The Next Generation of Tobacco Addiction
With this training, you will receive a training manual complete with PowerPoints with corresponding talking points to guide your presentation. In order to ensure that you are using the most up to date information, we have created a Trainer Portal that participants who have attended the training can have access to.
2. Adult to Youth training: Health teachers, prevention educators and other adults teaching youth utilizing the Don’t Get Vaped In curriculum; and
3. Youth to Youth training: This version is for youth leaders to utilize as a framework for peer-to-peer education. This Peer-to-Peer model is the ideal way to have youth educate their peers about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. This curriculum can be useful “as is” or be re-designed (content remains) by your youth group.
The “Don’t Get Vaped In” Training Manual includes three complete curriculums: