Youth use of e-cigarettes
Current use1 of electronic nicotine delivery products (e-cigarettes and other vaping devices) by Massachusetts high school youth was 20% in 2017. And 41% of high school students reported ever using e-cigarettes. Current use of electronic cigarettes is almost three times greater than current use of cigarettes, cigars, or smokeless tobacco combined (11.4%). (Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2017).
In 2017, 9.9% of middle school students had ever-tried e-cigarettes. Ever-use of electronic nicotine delivery products was almost two times greater than ever-use of cigarettes, cigars, or smokeless tobacco combined (5.8%) (MA Youth Health Survey, 2017).
The New Look of Nicotine Addiction public information campaign
To educate parents of middle and high school-aged children about the dangers of vape pens and e-cigarettes the Department of Public Health launched a campaign in July 2018 titled The New Look of Nicotine Addiction, which seeks to spread the word that these high-tech products are harmful, that they contain nicotine which can damage a teenager’s developing brain, and lead to addiction.
The campaign’s online destination is www.GetOutraged.org. The site has general facts and information about vaping products as well as specific sections for parents and schools/community based organizations. Several of the web pages are available in Spanish.
The schools section includes a Toolkit for schools and community based organizations. The Toolkit includes a presentation that can be directed to parents or staff, guidance for giving this presentation, a flyer to promote a meeting or presentation about vaping, a sample newsletter article, and various other resources and materials to address youth use of e-cigarettes.
Collateral materials include a poster (English/Spanish), a flyer (English/Spanish), Frequently Asked Questions, and a tip sheet for parents on how to talk with their kids about vaping. These materials are available for download or ordering on the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse website.
Other aspects of the campaign included ads featured in online and social media channels, and Billboards and transit ads (buses and transit stations).
Different Products. Same Dangers. public information campaign for youth
To educate middle and high school-aged youth about the dangers of vapes and e-cigarettes the Department of Public Health launched a campaign in April 2019 titled Different Products. Same Dangers. which seeks to spread the word that vapes, just like cigarettes, contain nicotine, harmful chemicals, and can lead to addiction.
The campaign’s online destination for youth is www.mass.gov/vaping. The site has simple facts about vaping as well as additional resources for youth.
Collateral materials include a poster, mirror clings, and handout for schools and youth-serving community-based organizations. These materials are available for download or ordering on the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse website.
Other aspects of the campaign included ads featured in online and social media channels popular with youth.
Information on www.GetOutraged.org such as the Toolkit for schools and community based organizations is updated with information about the youth campaign and suggestions for how to use the campaign’s resources in the school and community based organization setting.
Important information for schools
The Commissioners of the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and Public Health issued a joint letter to school administrators across the Commonwealth about student use of e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices.
Resources to help youth quit
- This is Quitting powered by truth® is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Young people can text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709 to get started. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
- My Life, My Quit™ has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Young people can call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help or visit mylifemyquit.com to sign up online.
- Visit teen.smokefree.gov for tools and tips
- Encourage young people to ask their school nurse or counselor, athletic coach, doctor, parent or other trusted adult for help
- For more information, young people can visit mass.gov/vaping
- More information for parents/adults is available at GetOutraged.org