Prevention

Prevention

Prevention resources are intended to assist Regional Pennsylvania Tobacco-Free Coalition (RPTFC) members and residents with the prevention and initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults. The RPTFC partners with the Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU) to ensure that we are educating young Pennsylvania’s about the dangers of tobacco and nicotine addiction, as well as to expose Big Tobacco’s marketing lies.
Flavored Tobacco and E-cigarettes/Vaping

A flavored tobacco product is any tobacco product that contains an artificial or natural flavor additive. The flavor is added to mask the harsh, bitter flavor of the tobacco. Flavored tobacco products include e-cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, menthol cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and hookah. Currently, there are over 15,000 flavors for e-cigarette juice alone. These include many fruit, candy and dessert flavors. Learn more at truinpa.org.

Flavored Tobacco Product Infographic (Version 1 and Version 2

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are tobacco products that have been sold in the U.S. for about a decade. They include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah, and e-cigars, known collectively as ENDS—Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems. They’re also sometimes called JUULs, “vapes” and “vape pens.” E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco products among kids — and what the U.S. Surgeon General declared an epidemic. While much remains to be determined about the lasting health consequences of e-cigarettes or ‘vaping,’ there’s evolving evidence about the health risks of vaping on the lungs—including irreversible lung damage and lung disease.

Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco & Health (INDEPTH)

Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) is a new, convenient alternative to suspension or citation that helps schools and communities address the teen vaping problem in a more supportive way. Instead of solely focusing on punitive measures, INDEPTH is an interactive program that teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the unhealthy addiction that got them in trouble in the first place.

Developed by the American Lung Association in partnership with the Prevention Research Center of West Virginia University, this new free education program is available for any school or community to establish to help our teens make healthier choices.

INDEPTH is taught by any trained adult in four, 50-minutes sessions. Each session addresses a different tobacco-related issue and can be facilitated either one-on-one or in a group setting. The goal of every program is to educate students about nicotine addiction and cravings and ultimately guide them through the process of identifying their own reasons for chewing, smoking or vaping tobacco products.

School Policy

Help the next generation be tobacco-free! By working with schools you can help ensure that students, faculty and visitors are protected from secondhand smoke. Studies have shown that tobacco-free spaces are proven ways to encourage our kids to never start smoking. Here are tips to help your school become smoke-free indoors and throughout campus.

Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU)

The Tobacco Resistance Unit is a movement throughout all of Pennsylvania to help youth, ages 12 to 18, stay tobacco-free. It’s time that young Pennsylvanians get serious about exposing BIG TOBACCO and its marketing lies.  TRU aims to prevent and stop youth tobacco use through education. TRU is funded by a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. A statewide movement, TRU is managed by the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT) and the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania.

Additional Resources

  • Visit the American Lung Association’s website
  • Facilitators are able to access a catalog of all print literature that is available, view pricing and place an order for FFS materials through our new print store. Please submit prior to the start of your clinic, preferable two full weeks before.

  • Learn more about Live Healthy PA, encompassing tobacco data and resources from Pennsylvania’s DOH

Read the announcement concerning a new, national anti-vaping curriculum providing youth with facts about e-cigarettes and resources to quit, called Vaping: Know the Truth. 

Vaping: Know the Truth will help guide teachers and empower teens who vape to quit, or to never start in the first place. The curriculum will be available to schools across the country. 

  • Vaping: Know the Truth Flyer
    Describes vaping prevention and resources to quit.
  • This is Quitting Flyer
    A free, anonymous, text message, quit vaping program from truth®. Partnership opportunities to customize This is Quitting with your tobacco-control programs are available.

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