American Lung Association Launches Vape-Free Schools Scholarship Fund

Vape-Free Schools Initiative aims to educate about the need to address youth vaping in North Carolina schools

In North Carolina, more than 20% of high school students use e-cigarettes, according to the North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey. We are proud to share that today, the American Lung Association in North Carolina announced the Vape-Free Schools Scholarship Fund, a new effort to fund schools’ implementation of the Vape-Free Schools Initiative so that more kids can access cessation, support and education.

The scholarship drive seeks to raise funds to give schools across the country access to the program. With a cost of $400 per training seat, the goal is to raise $400,000 nationally to serve 1,000 schools in need by the end of 2021. Through this scholarship drive, the Lung Association will enable faculty and students in North Carolina to access the Lung Association’s proven vaping intervention and cessation programs.

“Here in North Carolina, our state is making critical steps forward to help reduce e-cigarette use, thanks to the recent lawsuit and $40 million settlement with e-cigarette maker Juul,” said Jennifer Hall, executive director for the Lung Association. “Now it is important to address the e-cigarette epidemic on the school level and provide programs to help the students directly. Our new Vape-Free Schools Scholarship Fund will help the schools and the students who are at the greatest need at no cost.”

The Vape-Free Schools Initiative provides school administrators and educators with training to offer an alternative-to-suspension program for students found vaping, smoking or chewing on school property, and a voluntary vaping/tobacco cessation program for youth wanting to quit for good. 

  • Alternative to Suspension (INDEPTH®) an alternative for students who face suspension for violating school vaping and tobacco use policies. As teens continue to get hooked on vaping, this is a supportive program that teaches students about nicotine dependence and establishing healthy boundaries, rather than focusing solely on punitive measures.
  • Vaping Education & Tobacco Cessation Program (Not-On-Tobacco® N-O-T) is a teen smoking/vaping cessation program for students that want to quit. The 10-session program provides the tools, information, and support for teens to end their addiction to tobacco. Participating schools will be recognized as part of the American Lung Association Vape-Free Schools Initiative in their communities.

To make a donation, visit Lung.org/scholarship. To get more information about the Vape-Free Schools Initiative or submit your school for scholarship consideration, visit Lung.org/vape-free-schools or contact [email protected] To speak with a lung health expert about e-cigarettes and vaping cessation, contact Jill Dale at [email protected] or 312-940-7001. 

For more information, contact:

Jill Dale
312-940-7001
[email protected]

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