Vaping (the use of electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes or ‘vapes’) has become a growing issue for many schools across the country. DARTA has developed a number of resources for teachers that may assist them in dealing with the topic. These are as follows:
DARTA Fact Sheet for Teachers – this resource examines what we currently know about vaping and its associated harms and has been developed with the specialist health teacher in mind. It also discusses how vaping fits into tobacco prevention and provides some useful links
DARTA Fact Sheet for Young People – using a series of FAQs basic information is provided on vaping, including answers to ‘Is vaping safe?’ and ‘Is vaping safer than smoking?’
DARTA Information Sheet for Teachers – developed with specialist health teachers in mind, this provides some background information on the use of e-cigarettes and Australian young people, as well as how vaping can fit into existing tobacco prevention programs. It also suggests some key questions students should consider in helping them understand key issues around vaping
Vaping Resources for Schools – a list of websites and online resources, with accompanying links, developed to assist schools in the area of e-cigarettes and vaping. Some of these provide detailed programs of work that include lessons plans and PPT presentations, while others contain material that can be used to stimulate classroom discussion
Vaping PowerPoint Presentation – a short presentation providing some basic information on e-cigarettes and harms associated with vaping, as well as the latest prevalence data, i.e., how many Australians have ever vaped and how many have not?
DARTA Scenario Activities: E-cigarettes and Vaping – using a ‘strengths-based’ approach these resources use vaping scenarios to stimulate classroom discussion. A series of accompanying activities have been developed that provide students with the opportunity to develop skills such as identifying risks, critical thinking, decision-making and challenging misinformation