During adolescence, youth experience a variety of changes: physical, social, emotional, and mental. As youth navigate their day, they may experience stressors from school to peers to family. Some youth may turn to e-cigarettes and/or cannabis vapes to relieve stress and as a coping mechanism. This lesson will review stress, how to manage stress in a healthy way, and ways to support a friend who is dealing with stress, with the ultimate goal of helping you not turn to e-cigarettes to reduce your stress.

Learning Objectives

By hearing and participating in this lesson, students will:

  • Define what is stress. 

  • Identify triggers and causes of stress.

  • Contrast healthy and unhealthy ways to cope with stress.

  • Practice and apply strategies to manage stress.

  • Practice ways to manage the stress of friends who vape (responding with compassion and empathy).

  • Discover which individual strategy to reduce stress works best for them.

  • Destigmatize mental health and substance use.

Key Takeaways

  • Stress is a part of everyone’s life.

  • There are healthy ways to cope with stress.

  • Using e-cigarettes and/or cannabis vapes are an unhealthy way to cope with stress.

  • Stigma of substance use may worsen mental health and underlying stressor.

Click above to view the talking points for this lesson. Use the talking points alongside the Canva slides!

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.

We suggest you end with a Kahoot, which can be found and easily linked to in the last slide of this OR using the link above.

We recommend using Canva to get the full-scale experience of each lesson. If you need to go offline, feel free to download lesson 5 below.

** Disclaimer: Please note that because of the conversion between Canva and PowerPoint, some fonts, images, animations and videos may not work properly. For the full experience, utilize the Canva slides above.