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Scholastic, the childrenâ€™s publishing and media company, is working with the FDA to develop new youth e-cigarette prevention resources for schools and have launched the first resources for middle school students.
Scholastic, the children’s publishing and media company, is working with the FDA to develop new youth e-cigarette prevention resources for schools and have launched the first resources for middle school students.
According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than 5 million U.S. middle and high school students are current e-cigarette users. With this information, the FDA suggests that teachers educating their students about the health consequences of e-cigarettes will make students less likely to vape.
The new resources include lesson plans, activity sheets, parent take-home sheets, infographics, and youth addiction and cessation resources. More than 1 million educators will be sent these resources across the nation, which will help them start conversations and share facts with students about the dangers of youth e-cigarette use.
The FDA has previously launched “The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign in September 2018 to reach the millions of youth who have ever used e-cigarettes. In addition, the FDA has begun to hold retailers and manufacturers accountable for marketing and sales practices regarding the appeal of e-cigarettes.
Additional FDA and Scholastic resources are in development and are expected to be available in Spring 2020.
FDA in brief: FDA expands work with Scholastic with launch of new youth e-cigarette prevention educational resources for middle and high schools [news release]. Silver Spring, MD; FDA: November 14, 2019. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/fda-brief/fda-brief-fda-expands-work-scholastic-launch-new-youth-e-cigarette-prevention-educational-resources?utm_campaign=111419_FIB_FDA%20expands%20collaboration%20with%20Scholastic&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua. Accessed November 14, 2019.