Catch My Breath Program teaches middle school kids about e-cigarette dangers

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The number of children under 6 poisoned by nicotine in e-cigarettes rose by nearly 1,500% between 2013 and 2015, and one child died, according to an analysis of calls to the National Poison Data System published in the journal Pediatrics.

A new program is hoping to teach middle school- aged children about e-cigarette use and how they can still be dangerously addictive.

While the purchase of E-cigarettes by minors is prohibited, the use of E-cigarettes among youth and adolescents has been on the rise.

The “Catch My Breath” program is based on state of the art tobacco awareness and prevention best-practices. It’s aim is to teach children, parents, teachers and mentors in a school/after-school setting to equip people with answers about E-cigarettes to make informed decisions. Designed by the Michael & Susan Dell Center (MSD Center) for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, which is a national Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science site.

The program’s objectives are for students to:

  • Understand that E-cigarettes are addictive, unhealthy and not as popular as they think.
  • Resist their own curiosity and peer pressure to experiment with E-cigarettes.
  • Influence friends and peers to not use E-cigarettes.

“Catch My Breath” was designed to be taught by teachers, tobacco educators, counselors, or nurses. It can be taught with subjects such as science, physical education and health.

For more information on how to begin a “Catch My Breath” program in your area, visit the program’s website here.