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E-Smoking Systems Use Prevention Resources

Provides resources regarding use of electronic cigarettes, electronic hookahs, and other vapor emitting devices, with or without nicotine content, that mimic the use of tobacco products.

The California Department of Education Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Office invests its efforts in four major areas to prevent tobacco use among California school students, including local funding allocation, ongoing program technical assistance, and program evaluation and data reporting. The TUPE Office works closely with the California Tobacco Education Research and Oversight Committee, the California Department of Public Health, and University of California Tobacco-Related Disease and Research Program to enhance program leadership and improvement. The office also actively collaborates with non-state agencies such as California Youth Advocacy Network and Stanford School of Medicine in developing tobacco prevention related resources for local educational agencies.

The TUPE Office's main mission is to build a tobacco-free school and family environment for each of the six million California school students. As a continuous effort to enhance the campaign against the latest invasion of the USB shaped e-cigarettes on school campuses and the irreversible negative impact on California school students, the TUPE Office provides below quick facts and resources for education administrators and parents to join this important task force.

What is an e-cigarette?

  • E-cigarettes create an aerosol by using a battery to heat up liquid with high concentration of additives.
  • Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs
  • The aerosol does not have the traditional smell of a regular cigarette because the liquid can come in different flavors such as cool mint, catering to the users' preferences.
  • E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver cannabinoids from marijuana, as well as other drugs.
  • The most popular e-cigarettes are shaped like USB flash drives, almost unnoticeable to other people because of their size, shape, and smell.

What is the current trend of e-cigarette use among American youth?

  • Nationally, based on the 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) data, the 2016 Report by the Office of US Surgeon General indicated that an estimated 13.5% of middle school students and 37.7% of high school students had ever tried e-cigarettes.
  • Statewide for California, based on the 2015-17 California Healthy Kids Survey, the survey report indicated that an estimated 8.1% of 7th graders, 23.2% of 9th graders and 31.7% of 11th graders had ever used e-cigarettes.
  • The 2016 Report by the Office of US Surgeon General indicated that the percentage of high school students who ever used e-cigarettes jumped by more than 10% from 2014 to 2015.
  • The 2016 Report by the Office of the US Surgeon General indicated that among those who had never used an e-cigarette, 32.1% of middle school students and 38.4% of high school students were susceptible to using e-cigarettes in the future.
  • Some USB-shaped e-cigarettes are becoming dominant in online social media. School children have access to videos of youth "juuling" with friends on school property and even in the classroom, unnoticed.

What impacts does it have on school age children?

  • Depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Difficulty paying attention and concentrating
  • Reduced impulse control
  • Injury from potential device explosion

Why are e-cigarettes so attractive to youth?

  • Availability of e-cigarettes in candy, fruit, and alcohol flavors
  • False belief that e-cigarettes are harmless
  • Curiosity
  • Social media influence

What actions can county, district, and school administrators and parents take to support the e-cigarettes prevention campaign?

Education Administrators

County Office of Education TUPE Coordinator contact information

Parents/Legal Guardians

Nicotine Delivery Devices in Schools (PDF)
February 14, 2018: Letter addressing nicotine delivery devices in schools sent to all Tobacco-Use Prevention Education grant administrators.

Adopting Policy Prohibiting Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
March 19, 2014: Letter from State Superintendent Tom Torlakson to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding adopting policy prohibiting electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising (SRITA) External link opens in new window or tab.
A Stanford research group which analyzes the effects of tobacco advertising, marketing, and promotion; provides resources related to ENDS marketing and advertising.

Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) External link opens in new window or tab.
Administered by the University of California, this is a program of the Research Grants Program Office, Office of Research and Graduate Studies at the University of California, Office of the President. Includes a Webinar, "E-Cigarettes: The Vapor This Time?"

Questions: Chunxia Wang | cwang@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0283 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 6, 2019