Our new You and Me, Together Vape-Free curriculum, which is part of the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, is a 6-lesson evidence-based curriculum created by the Stanford REACH Lab as well as by our Youth Action Board, educators, healthcare providers, and scientists across the U.S.
All of our lessons are mapped to the California and National Common Core State Standards, Health Education Content Standards, and the National Health Education Standards. Please see the links within each Lesson to see the Standards associated with each lesson.
Navigate to each lesson by clicking the thumbnail. We offer elementary, middle and high school versions as well as other languages/cultures down below.
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Introduction to the Curriculum and General Information
The You and Me, Together Vape-Free curriculum includes a middle and high school program that are 6 lessons, approximately 50 minutes each. It also includes a two-lesson elementary school version, approximately 50 minutes each. Every lesson provides activities, online quiz games, and worksheets in addition to presentations, resources, and other materials aimed at addressing key factors associated with youth e-cigarette use, including changing adolescents’ attitudes towards and misperceptions about e-cigarettes; increasing their refusal skills to pulls of flavors, marketing, and social media; reducing stress and depression which have been linked to e-cigarette initiation and use; improving coping; and decreasing intentions and actual use of all e-cigarette products.
These 6 in-class sessions are reinforced outside of the classroom with follow-up discussion guides that provide open-ended questions and activities for youth to discuss various e-cigarette-related topics with a trusted adult and/or peer in order to open dialogue between youth and adults. The curriculum is meant to reach all youth, including those at highest risk of tobacco use, racial/ethnic minorities, students in continuation and alternative schools, and those identifying as LGBTQ+.
The goals of this curriculum are for adolescents to:
Increase their knowledge about e-cigarettes and the harms they can cause.
Gain awareness of strategies manufacturers and sellers of e-cigarettes employ to increase use among adolescents, such as deceptive and creative marketing strategies.
Gain skills to refuse experimentation and use of e-cigarettes.
Ultimately, to reduce and prevent e-cigarette use of any type, including nicotine, cannabis/THC, and/or non-nicotine products.
Before getting started, here are a few notes to review:
- Each lesson has a lesson page that provides background information, learning objectives, key takeaways the students will learn, health education and common core standards (both California and National) addressed in each lesson. Each lesson also includes direct links to the Canva slides, talking points, a Kahoot quiz, and a Discussion Guide.
- All lessons may require some prep work for activities (gathering materials, setting up the class), optional slides (preview optional videos and activities to see if they are right for your class), and determining additional activities (found at the bottom of each lesson page). Please review each lesson's notes before implementing.
- Notes (a.k.a. "script") that can be used for each slide are embedded in the Canva slides as well as can be found in the teacher Talking Points Chart.
- Each unit has a Kahoot! Quiz linked below and can be used as a pre and post quiz to see how much students know before and after instruction.
- Discussion Guides: We suggest providing students with the discussion guide that they can take home and discuss with a trusted adult such as a parent/caregiver, coach, mentor, and/or a peer. The discussion guide for this lesson is available to either download or print home.
In order to create new, more animated and more exciting slides, we are now using Canva slides for each lesson.
We would like to encourage you to set up your free Canva Pro account! Link here for educators to set up their free account.
Educators who have a free or pro account with Canva will be able to:
- See the slides and talking points in the notes section.
- Make a copy and save slides to add personal adjustments.
- Share the slides with anyone who has or doesn't have a Canva account.
- Download the slides as PDF, PowerPoint or Video (depending on if the lesson includes videos).
To download your Canva presentation in PowerPoint format:
- Tap on the ellipsis icon on the menu bar.
- Scroll down until you see Share.
- Tap on the Microsoft PowerPoint option.
- Click the Download button on the dialog box.
Educators who want to download slides and import them into google slides please read the following:
Educators who don't have a free or pro account with Canva:
Will be able to view the slides without accessing the talking points, in which case you'll still have access to the talking points via Lesson Plan Mastersheet. We suggest teachers at least create a free account to have better accessibility to the slides.
Before diving into the lessons, we suggest a couple of warm-up activities with your students!
Warm-up Activity 1
- E-cigarettes have many different names: e-cigs, vapes, vape pens, Juul and so on.
- Ask students to shout out different names, but then explain that this curriculum will use the term e-cigarettes as they are a form of cigarettes and not a water vapor.
- Optional: Utilizing our printable worksheets, have students quietly write down different names for e-cigarettes and where they have seen them.
Warm-up Activity 2
- Ask students to shout out what they know and what they want to know about e-cigarettes. Consider writing down what the students say, on paper, a white board, or a slide - whatever you prefer. Then, at the end of the curriculum, review what was said before and what was covered, and correct misperceptions.
- Optional: Utilizing our printable worksheets, have students quietly write down what they know about e-cigarettes and what they want to know.
Letter to Parents
If you would like to send a letter home to parents regarding this curriculum, please preview and download/print below.
<<EDUCATORS:FEEL FREE TO ADD YOUR LETTERHEAD>>
Dear Parent or Caregiver,
As you probably know, e-cigarette use (also known as vaping) among students has reached epidemic proportions. Students are using e-cigarettes with nicotine, cannabis, and other products.
<<Next week or on * dates>>, students will begin learning about e-cigarettes through Stanford’s “You and Me Together Vape Free.”
This new curriculum, You and Me, Together Vape-Free curriculum, is part of the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, is a theory-based and evidence-informed curriculum created by the Stanford Reach Lab as well as by youth, educators, and scientists across the U.S.
The goals of this curriculum are for adolescents to:
· Increase their knowledge about e-cigarettes and the harms they can cause.
· Gain awareness of strategies manufacturers and sellers of e-cigarettes employ to increase use among adolescents, such as deceptive and creative marketing strategies.
· Gain skills to refuse experimentation and use of e-cigarettes.
· Ultimately, to reduce and prevent e-cigarette use of any type, including nicotine, cannabis/THC, and/or non-nicotine products. The You and Me, Together Vape-Free curriculum includes 6 lessons, each providing activities, online quiz games, and worksheets in addition to presentations, resources, and other materials aimed at addressing key factors associated with youth e-cigarette use, including changing adolescents’ attitudes towards and misperceptions about e-cigarettes; increasing their refusal skills to pulls of flavors, marketing, and social media; reducing stress and depression which have been linked to e-cigarette initiation and use; improving coping; and decreasing intentions and actual use of all e-cigarette products.
This program is an age-appropriate prevention and awareness curriculum that is aimed at: validating a teen’s choice not to use, investigating the reasons teens may be curious about using, and motivating teens who are already experimenting to reduce, pause, and/or quit their usage as a step towards living vape-free.
<<** Unified School District/School **>> is committed to providing the most effective approaches to preventing the use of both nicotine and cannabis e-cigarettes in our schools and communities. We know that prevention of drug use is most effective when it is a partnership between the community, the home, and the school.
Research consistently shows that teens who learn about the risks of drugs at home, from parents or caregivers, are less likely to use substances than teens who report learning nothing about the risks at home. However, getting the message across is not easy. Thus, this newly redeveloped curriculum also offers discussion guides that can be shared between the student and a trusted adult. These essential conversations are geared towards opening up lines of
communication, not finding right or wrong answers. Parents are encouraged to talk less and listen more.
You can learn more about this curriculum at: X@
Additionally, feel free to contact me at the email address below with any questions.
<<*ADD EDUCATOR INFO>>