Vaping and Tobacco Prevention

IUSD is committed to vaping and tobacco prevention and has developed the following resource page to share important information, data and science with students and families. 

What is Vaping?

According to the California Department of Education, vaping involves inhaling and exhaling vapor, or aerosol, produced by electronic cigarettes. Youth and teens may inhale substances like marijuana or flavored liquids with nicotine.

Know the Risks and Harms of Vaping

Contrary to popular belief, vaping is not harmless. Research shows that many children and teens are unaware of the toxic substances present in vaping liquids, including formaldehyde and acrolein, which can harm their lungs. Nicotine in these liquids is highly addictive and can impact brain development.

Although California recently passed a law prohibiting retailers from selling flavored tobacco products, kids may still have access to the flavors online or through other sources. Kids may be curious about the different flavored vaping liquids. Companies that produce vaping liquids create appealing flavors, such as apple pie or cotton candy, to attract kids and get them hooked on their products. 

Identify the Signs

Recognizing signs of vaping may be challenging, but knowing the sides can be helpful. Look out for vaping equipment like e-cigarettes, flavored liquid bottles or small pods among your child's belongings. E-cigarettes come in various shapes and may not resemble traditional tobacco products, often resembling a pen or flash drive.

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Five Fast Facts

Source: Tobacco Free CA
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Prevention and Education

Tobacco-use prevention education
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Parent Resources

Tips for parents to prevent use and educate your child
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Additional Resources

Vaping and tobacco support resources