Updates to Health Education Instruction

Harms of Electronic Smoking Device Added to Health Education in Ohio Schools

Ohio’s 134th General Assembly enacted House Bill 110, which includes updated health education requirement for schools and districts. Schools are required to amend health education instruction to add content on the harmful effects of and legal restrictions of electronic smoking devices. The law goes into effect on Sept. 30, 2021.  

This update to health education instruction supports Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, which recommends the adoption of a whole child model of education. Ohio’s Whole Child Framework places the child at the center with the support of the district, school, family and community. Five tenets, including health, are outlined in the Whole Child Framework. These tenets recognize that students’ basic physiological and psychological needs must be met before they can fully engage in complex learning and social activities.  

Healthy students are better equipped to learn. Schools engage students in health education to ensure each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle. Supporting healthy behaviors and providing students with knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions positively impacts their health and well-being.  

This webpage outlines the health education instruction requirements surrounding electronic smoking devices, an overview of electronic smoking devices, examples of curriculum and resources for educators.  


Health Education Requirements 

Ohio law requires school districts to provide instruction on a variety of subjects which includes health education. Health education instruction must include instruction on the harmful effects of and legal restrictions against the use of drugs of abuse, alcoholic beverages and tobacco, including electronic smoking devices. The 134th General Assembly passed legislation which specifically includes electronic smoking devices as a type of tobacco product. The harmful effects of and legal restrictions of electronic smoking devices need to be addressed in health education instruction.  


About Electronic Smoking Devices  

Electronic smoking devices may also be known as: 

  • E-cigarettes or e-cigs; 
  • Vapes or vape pens; 
  • Mods, pods or tanks systems;  
  • JUULs or Puff Bars (or another brand name); and 
  • Electronic nicotine delivery systems or ENDS. 

E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. They may look like regular cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or like pens, USB sticks and other everyday items. 

Most electronic smoking devices have a battery, a heating element and a place to hold a liquid. This liquid may also be called e-liquid or e-juice. The liquid in e-cigarettes usually contains nicotine (which is the addictive drug tobacco products), ultrafine particles, flavorings and other chemicals. E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.  

E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating the liquid inside the device. This aerosol is then inhaled by the user, entering their lungs. E-cigarette use has been linked to lung disease (e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury or EVALI), increased risk of addiction, burns and other potential health and injury risks.  


Programming 

Listed below are educational programs which contain information on electronic smoking devices. Health education instruction must include information on both the harmful effects of and legal restriction of tobacco, including electronic smoking devices. Not all the programs listed below include information on the legal restriction of electronic smoking devices. (Review Ohio law for additional information on legal restrictions).  

Programs which meet the legislative requirements have been marked with an asterisk.  

CATCH My Breath*  
Audience: Grades 5-12 

  • A youth e-cigarette, JUUL, and vape prevention program. The program consists of four 30-minute lessons. 
  • The program is available at no cost, is evidence-based and includes instruction on both the harmful effects of and legal restriction of electronic smoking devices.  

smokeScreen  
Audience: Ages 10-16 

  • A videogame with a focus on youth decision-making about smoking and vaping. The game is meant to be played in increments of 30-60 minutes and is typically completed in 2 hours. 
  • The program is available at no cost, is evidence-based and includes instruction on the harmful effects of electronic smoking devices. 

Stanford Medicine Tobacco Prevention Toolkit 
Audience: Middle and High School 

  • An educational resource aimed at preventing students’ use of tobacco and nicotine products. There are five 50-minute learning modules in this program. 
  • The program is available at no cost, is evidence-informed and includes instruction on the harmful effects of electronic smoking devices. 

Vaping: Know the Truth 
Audience: Grades 8-12 

  • An online course with four lessons on the dangers associated with using e-cigarettes and resources to help young people quit if they already vape. 
  • The program is available at no cost and includes instruction on the harmful effects of electronic smoking devices. 

Know the Risks: A Youth Guide to E-cigarettes 
Audience: Ages 11-18 

  • A presentation attended to educate youth on e-cigarettes, including the health risks, the factors that lead to e-cigarette use, and what youth can do to avoid all tobacco products. Estimated presentation time is 45 minutes. 
  • The program is available at no cost and includes instruction on the harmful effects of electronic smoking devices. 
 

Resources for Educators 

 

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