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?
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
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.
Additional Information for Parents
Today’s adolescent hasn’t known a time when drugs were not a threat to the well-being of youth. After attending the nonprofit CANDLE, Inc.’s Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program, a 12 year-old wrote a thank you to the volunteers for “Helping us with a problem so scary it shouldn’t exist.” Youth attending Reality Tour are appreciative … Read more
Westmoreland Co. – For the past 8 years the Hempfield School District has placed an emphasis on educating families about drug prevention through partnership with the nonprofit CANDLE, Inc.’s Reality Tour. At 6th grade orientation this Thursday, the district’s three middle school schools will make an appeal to parents to take their child to one … Read more
Greensburg, PA – Mr. Riz Rizvi, General Manager of Toyota of Greensburg awarded $7,000 check to the nonprofit CANDLE, Inc. that oversees the Reality Tour parent/child drug prevention program. The funds will allow all Hempfield School District middle school families to attend the program at no cost and be eligible for $500 in gift card … Read more
BUTLER. PA Over the years title pageants have changed considerably and Mrs. Pennsylvania International pageant contestants competing this Saturday in Altoona at the Jaffa Shrine Center each have selected a meaningful platform to meet requirements. The nonprofit CANDLE, Inc. , parent to the Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program , that has educated about 50,000 parents … Read more
Child Death Review Team The Child Death Review Team will once again present the Reality Tour on February 27th and March 27th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Milford. The Child Death Review Team reviews all deaths occurring in Pike County from birth to 21 years in order to determine … Read more
Reality Tour ® FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/13/14 Karns City School District 724-756-2030 CANDLE Inc. 724-679-1788 NormaNorris@candleinc.org 100 Brugh Ave. Butler, PA 16001 KARNS CITY FOOTBALL TEAM READIES FOR THE 2014 SEASON WITH PUSH UPS AND DRUG PREVENTION? Deaths of six KC former players, in the years after graduation, inspires coach to take action. Butler / … Read more
HIGHMARK Blue Cross Blue Shield Grant to Provide REALITY TOUR© Drug Prevention Experience for at-Risk Youths BUTLER, PA – CANDLE, Inc., the non-profit parent organization responsible for the Reality Tour© Drug Prevention Program, has received a $5,000 grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to reach at-risk youths ages 10-18. The grant will be used … Read more
March 1, 2016 MONROEVILLE PA – Allegheny County has recently picked up the grassroots parent & child drug prevention program Reality Tour. Gateway School District voted this past fall to purchase Reality Tour as a prevention measure for the district. Jennifer Turkowski, Assistant Principal at Gateway High School and Resource Officer, Mark Kandrack has this … Read more
BUTLER, PA – The original Butler Reality Tour Parent/Child Drug Prevention Program will now be held at Monarch Place (100 Brugh Ave.) Their first program of the year is to be held Monday, April 11 at 6 PM. Tours are held the second Monday of the month. Families with children age 10 and up may … Read more