Vaping Prevention Programs and Resources

Buy a Prevention Toolkit

It’s no secret that vaping is a problem in schools and communities. E-cigarettes were introduced into the market as a way to wean off cigarettes, and the implied benefit was that e-cigarettes would promote healthy tobacco use. But the healthiest alternative is not smoking cigarettes or vaping at all.

“In 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General declared that e-cigarettes had reached epidemic proportions among youth, sparked by a 78% increase of use among high school students over a one year time period.”

Vaping and Health Risks

Studies are currently being done on the mental health impact for young adults, but here is what we know about the effects on the body. Vaping results in serious respiratory diseases termed wet lung and popcorn lung, which is caused by a chemical found in e-juice.

One case emerged just 3 weeks after starting vaping. The liquid mix in vape pens and devices is open to any and all substances of abuse. Street vape pens already loaded with unknown, unregulated substances are a concern. Drug busts confiscating thousands of vape pens are occurring in middle and high schools. Studies show vaping nicotine is linked to an increased risk of chronic lung disease. 

What Do the Devices Look Like?

Juul pods

Whether they are called e-cigarettes, vape pens or JUUL’s etc. These devices all have the same purpose to heat and vaporize a liquid. JUUL sales increased over 640% in one year.

Vaping devices

Many parents still think they are just a USB. Since JUULs produce very little vapor, youth are using them in school. School policy is to confiscate the $50 devices.

What Can Parents Do?

Learn about our Vaping Toolkit and Family Health Policy

Vaping Toolkit for Parents and Schools

Talking to your child or teen about the health consequences of vaping can discourage them from trying it. For young people who are already vaping, our Vaping Toolkit is a program for youth that will help monitor abuse prevention.

Order By Mail:

Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope, along with a tax-deductible donation of any amount to the address below. Make checks payable to CANDLE, Inc.

CANDLE, Inc./Tool Kit
100 Brugh Ave.
Butler, PA 16001

Questions?

Email toolkit@candleinc.org.

Order Your Vaping Tookit

Donation of $15 / toolkit

  • 1 marijuana test strip
  • 1 nicotine test strip
  • Test strips will be mailed upon receipt

Family Health Policy: A Prevention Program for Parents

Talking to your child about drugs can be difficult and uncomfortable. Children and teens may shut down out of fear or feel like you don’t trust them.

Our Family Health Policy is an alcohol and drug program designed to build trust with your child. This evidence-based program promotes good social skills and the health of your family. In the process, it inspires kids to live a drug free life.

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Family Health Policy

Give your child the best excuse not to use. Learn more about our Family Health Policy and test kit. 

Glossary of Drugs

Stay up-to-date on the latest drug trends and how to help your child avoid each substance

Additional Information for Parents

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Red Ribbon Week Ideas

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Alcohol Use Disorder: Prevention Begins at Home

By candleinc | May 11, 2021

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Inhalant Use Disorder

By candleinc | April 13, 2021

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Adderall

By candleinc | March 4, 2021

Misuse in Adderall among teens is a rising trend, as students are taking Adderall without a prescription. Living the life of a teen or a college student, our surroundings can be tempting. We are in school systems that want our A-game. Exams, homework, presentations, and endless hours of studying is exhausting. We must manage our … Read more

Botvin LifeSkills Training & Reality Tour Comparison

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Life Skills Training Vs. Reality Tour  Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST), like Reality Tour, is an evidence-based curriculum for substance abuse prevention. Both programs have been proven to provide adolescents with the social skills necessary to withstand peer pressure, but there are some key differences. Let’s look at each program’s main components.  Botvin’s Life Skills Training … Read more

Drug Testing Strips: A Guide for Parents

By candleinc | November 22, 2020

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Testing Waters of New Normal in Prevention

By candleinc | June 13, 2020

Doesn’t it feel as if some unseen force pressed play on Netflix so we are now collectively binge-watching an endless season of “Life Now”’? Red, green and yellow are the primary hues that manage our mobility, The red ‘stop’ or lockdown phase stopped everything but the periods of distress caused by knowing that normal couldn’t … Read more

‘Post-Panic’ Remote Internship A Plus!

By candleinc | May 28, 2020

  Everything Is Going To Be Okay? My chair rolls sluggishly across the living room carpet in the spring of 2020.  It is not the picture that was in my head a few months ago.  In those intern scenarios I was free-wheeling at a desk cozily cubicled next to a whirring copy machine.  I would … Read more

Home Quarantine May Reveal Teen Vaping

By candleinc | March 26, 2020

  Some parents at home with their adolescent or teen during quarantine are beginning to realize something is going on with their child besides anxiety about the pandemic and social distancing. A clue may lie in the vaping epidemic that has snared millions of youth with an e-cigarette or nicotine vaping addiction.     Vaping … Read more