Educators and Administrators

Tobacco use poses a significant risk to the health of Clark County’s youth, and vaping amongst our youth has become an epidemic. Educators and administrators can play a crucial role in supporting the health of their students by promoting tobacco prevention and cessation.

The Facts

  • Nicotine use during adolescence can increase the risk of substance misuse and addiction, mood disorders, and permanent lowering of impulse control.
  • Smoking at a young age increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and early death.
  • More than 700,000 high school students currently smoke combustible cigarettes nationwide.
  • E-cigarettes are the most popular tobacco product used by middle and high school students. Current data shows that 1 in 5 (22.5%) high school students currently use electronic vapor products in Nevada.
  • 43.6% of high school students reported using e-cigarettes on ≥20 of the past 30 days among e-cigarette users nationwide. 17.2% of middle school students reported using e-cigarettes on ≥ 20 of the past 30 days among e-cigarette users nationwide.
  • ~90% of all adult smokers began smoking at or before the age of 18. Evidence shows that the vape industry illegally markets to youth, targeting teens to create lifelong addictions.
  • Fortunately, most teens who use tobacco products want to quit. In fact, almost two-thirds (65.3%) of students who used tobacco in 2021 reported seriously thinking about quitting.

My Life, My Quit

The My Life, My Quit program is a free and confidential service developed for teens ages 13 – 18 who want help quitting all forms of tobacco, including electronic vapor products. My Life, My Quit tobacco treatment specialists have completed extensive training on adolescent cognitive and psychosocial development.

By enrolling, teen participants receive:

  • Five one-on-one coaching sessions, usually scheduled every 7-10 days. Coaching helps teens develop a quit plan, identify triggers, practice refusal skills, and receive ongoing support for changing behaviors
  • Self-help and educational materials designed for teens, with input from teens
  • Support by phone, text message, or online chat

For FREE help to quit smoking or vaping, teens can text “Start My Quit” to 36072 or call 855-891-9989.

How Educators and Administrators Can Help

While the decision to quit tobacco is always one that teens must make themselves, educators and administrators can:

  • Talk to teens about the impact of tobacco use, including vaping, on their current and long-term health
  • Provide teens with information about how to enroll in My Life, My Quit, Nevada’s free cessation resource for youth ages 13 – 18
  • Support their plan to stop and ask if they will sign up for the My Life, My Quit program, mentioning that it is free and confidential
  • Keep an open mind and let the student know that they are supported on their quit journey
  • Adopt alternative to suspension school policies to help students to quit vaping instead of punishment following the American Lung Association INDEPTH model

Read our Toolkit to learn more.