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



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

Child Death Review Team presents drug prevention program in Milford

By candleinc | June 30, 2018

By BENJAMIN BROJAKOWSKI For The Pocono Record November 14, 2011 12:00 AM The Child Death Review Team presented The Reality Tour at the First Presbyterian Church in Milford on Saturday. The Child Death Review Team is a group of community-based organizations that review all deaths in Pike County of residents between birth and age 21. … Read more

Anti-drug support group brings Reality Tour to Blairsville

By candleinc | June 30, 2018

By Greg Reinbold Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, 8:55 p.m. The Blairsville Support Group Against Drugs will be collaborating with the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission to bring members of the community face-to-face with the realities of drug addiction. Beginning Oct. 15, the Blairsville support group will operate the Candle, Inc. Reality Tour program under the … Read more

BVA parents push for drug program – TribLive – Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

By candleinc | June 30, 2018

By Jeremy Sellew What began as a run-of-the-mill school board meeting quickly turned into a heart-wrenching plea from parents asking the district to do more to fight the growing drug epidemic throughout the community. After hearing about a school district plan to create its own drug summit proposal, a standing-room-only crowd of parents urged the … Read more

Anti-drug Reality Tour to hit road – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – March 26, 2006

By candleinc | June 30, 2018

By Madeline Izzo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Butler County founder of an interactive drug-abuse prevention program has been asked to bring her program to Kansas City, Mo., for some national exposure. Norma Norris, director of Candle Inc., which stands for Community Action Network for Drug-Free Lifestyle Empowerment, has been invited to be a presenter at the … Read more

“Reality Tour” Exposes Teens to Reality of Substance Abuse – Behavioral Health Central – February 19, 2010

By candleinc | June 30, 2018

By Dennis Miller, BHC Senior Writer Classroom lectures, assembly-hall speeches and informational brochures can give teens the facts on drug and alcohol use, but fall short of offering a direct, realistic and emotional experience of drug abuse’s often devastating consequences. The interactive educational experience called Reality Tour® is designed to add that element to drug … Read more

Disrupting to Address the Gap in Drug Prevention

By candleinc | June 19, 2018

I am pleased to be a presenter at the Federal Employees Opioid Addiction Training on June 20th in Pittsburgh to inform on the Reality Tour Parent/Child Drug Prevention Program.  So often the prevention aspect is overlooked on this topic. Thanks to Tamara Ivosevic Perconte, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board for extending the … Read more

Excuse me. Your expiration date is showing.

By candleinc | May 13, 2017

Ready, set, evaluate!  If only it was that simple to follow the science.  It’s not like you can go to Angie’s List and hire a researcher for prevention programs.  You have to partner with a university and it would be ever so much better if you had a boatload of money before you made an … Read more

Reality Tour Marks Decade of Drug Prevention in Westmoreland County

By candleinc | March 1, 2017

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Assuming Too Much in Drug Epidemic

By candleinc | January 14, 2017

We assume that youth are confident they will remain drug-free after making a promise to do so… Whether the promise was personal or made in a public setting via an activity, youth in middle school are ready to make this commitment. But, just ask them if they think keeping that promise  could be difficult. See how many … Read more

Helping Communities Take Care Of Their Own

By candleinc | November 29, 2016

A Taste of Pittsburgh Magazine Online Source. In 2000 when heroin made headlines in Butler, PA there weren’t any prevention programs to help parents. Since 2003 a grassroots parent/child interactive program called Reality Tour has filled that gap. You may have never heard of it because the small non-profit CANDLE, Inc. (Community Action for Drug-free … Read more