Some Schools Address Youth Vaping Epidemic by Helping Kids Quit

Some 37% of high school seniors admitted to vaping in 2018. Local governments and now the federal government have cracked down, restricting or banning flavored tobacco products in an effort to make them less desirable. But some experts lament that another course of action has been ignored — helping addicted youth learn how to quit nicotine.

No longer. The California Department of Public Health will begin using funds to develop youth nicotine cessation programs, California Public Radio reports. The education system will play an important role.

Over two dozen high schools in Stanislaus County are already working to help kids quit vaping through the Protecting Health and Slamming Tobacco program. They enter the program if they‘re caught using tobacco on school grounds. They are then given counseling services and other cessation tools, including support through a No Vape helpline.

Santa Rosa City Schools is currently looking to hire smoking prevention and cessation staff with a $1.37 million grant from the Department of Justice.

Read more at California Public Radio