Here in Arkansas, 24% of high school students – nearly one in four – used e-cigarettes in 2019. To help schools navigate the youth e-cigarette epidemic, the American Lung Association is offering free trainings to schools in Arkansas.
Through the organization’s Vape-Free Schools Initiative, Arkansas schools can receive free facilitator training for the Not on Tobacco (NOT) youth cessation and the Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) programs.
“Thanks to support from the Arkansas Tobacco Education Initiative, we are able to provide these important programs at no cost to local schools. If schools sign up now, they can have these programs fully implemented by the spring semester,” said Jocelyn Lowery, health promotions specialist for the Lung Association. “Right now, lung health is more important than ever. In fact, vaping harms developing lungs and overall health and may place people at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. We encourage schools to adopt these programs to protect Arkansas youth from a lifetime of addiction to deadly tobacco products.”
Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) is a tobacco cessation program designed with teenagers in mind. It takes a holistic approach with each session using different interactive learning strategies based on Social Cognitive Theory of behavior change. This encourages a voluntary change for youth ages 14 to 19. INDEPTH is a four-session program facilitated in either a one-on-one or group setting for students who violate school tobacco policies. Instead of focusing on punitive measures, INDEPTH teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the unhealthy addiction.
The INDEPTH and NOT facilitator trainings are done virtually, and the programs for students can be held either in-person or virtually through an online meeting platform.
School administrators and educators interested in receiving these trainings for free can contact Jocelyn Lowery at [email protected].
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.