E-Cigarettes Lead to Addiction, Impact Learning, Memory and Attention in Youth


E-cigarettes, also commonly known as vapes or vape pens, are devices that allow users to inhale aerosolized liquid, which usually contains nicotine. They are often flavored, which contributes to their appeal for many users, especially youth. Risks of use for youth can include damage to the lungs and developing brain, negative impacts on learning, memory and attention, and an increased likelihood for addictions to other drugs.

More than 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students use e-cigarettes. Educators, school administrators and parents should be aware of these trends and seek opportunities to discourage and educate youth about the risks of e-cigarette use. Find helpful resources below.

Source: Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth



Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People

Find extensive information and resources from this website, including fact sheets, advisories, videos and tip sheets for talking to youth about e-cigarettes. Learn more. 

Curriculum for Teaching Students About E-Cigarettes and Vape Pens

Produced by Stanford Medicine, this curriculum includes lesson plans, fact sheets and slide decks to help educate students about e-cigarettes and health risks associated with them. Learn more.

E-Cigarettes and Youth: What Educators and Coaches Need to Know

What are e-cigarettes? What are the risks of their use for youth? And what can you do as an educator? This fact summarizes the information that you need to know to be aware and help protect students from the harms of e-cigarette use. Learn more.


Center Resources

School-Centered Approaches to Improve Community Health: Lessons from School-Based Health Centers
A Guide to Federal Education Programs That Can Fund K–12 Universal Prevention and Social/Emotional Learning Activities
Partner Build Grow: An Action Guide for Sustaining Child Development and Prevention Approaches

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Grant Alerts

Advancing State and Urban Maternal and Child Health (MCH) | Health Resources and Services Administration

Purpose is to strengthen state and urban MCH programs’ capacity to deliver services that improve MCH outcomes. Learn more.

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Community Action Grants | American Association of University Women

Provides funds to innovative programs that promote education and equity for women and girls. Learn more.

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Tribal Behavioral Health Grant | SAMHSA

Program to assist suicide prevention, substance misuse and mental health promotion efforts among American Indian/Alaska Native youth. Learn more.

Deadline: December 10, 2019

The Follett Challenge | Follett

Follett encourages schools and/or districts to share stories about how they are preparing students for life after high school for a chance to win up to $30,000 in Follett products and services. Learn more.

Deadline: December 12, 2019

ALDI Smart Kids | ALDI

ALDI is dedicated to supporting local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in education, physical activity, nutrition, socialization, arts, etc. Learn more.

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Run for Good Grant | Saucony Run for Good Foundation

Aims to keep kids healthy and active. Funding organizations that provide opportunities for kids to build a healthier lifestyle. Learn more.

Deadline: December 15, 2019

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative | SAMHSA

Purpose of program is to increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services systems in communities for children and adolescents. Learn more.

Deadline: December 10, 2019

Innovative Reading Grant | American Association of School Librarians

Supports the planning and implementation of unique programs for children which motivate and encourage reading Learn more.

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Community Grants | Costco Wholesale

Costco Wholesale engages in charitable efforts across the country by funding programs that focus on supporting children, education, and health and human services. Learn more.

Deadline: Rolling


Please note: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.



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School Counselor | The Sojourner Truth School (Washington, DC)

Deliver a comprehensive and integrated school counseling program. Learn more.

Prevention Educator | Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (Chicago, IL)

Facilitate the organization’s youth empowerment curriculum to high school students; support other educational programs. Learn more.

School Nurse | Seattle Public Schools (Seattle, WA)

Implement and deliver school health services in assigned schools ad programs. Assess physical and emotional health of students. Learn more.

Prevention Social Worker/Mental Health Counselor | New Alternatives for Children of NYC (New York City, NY)

Provide casework, social work and clinical services to children and families. Learn more.



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