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Smoking and Vaping Resources for Secondary Educators

Commercial tobacco use continues to be the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Ontario, and the popularity and use of e-cigarettes/vaping among youth is a rapidly evolving issue of concern in relation to the health of children and youth. Educators play a significant role in reducing initiation of smoking and vaping and promoting smoke-free living to prevent nicotine addiction. Information, including quitting supports and the law that deals with the use, sale and supply of tobacco and vaping products is banned are available here.
  • Know What’s In Your Mouth uses a comprehensive school health approach to prevent and reduce the use of chew tobacco among youth. In this toolkit you will find many links to the Ontario Secondary School Curriculum, as well as lesson ideas and sample activities to make it easy to include chewing tobacco education and messaging in the classroom. Posters are also available.
  • Chew Tobacco Interactive Question and Answer Resource – Use this in the classroom to support the chew tobacco awareness displays or activities. Available for download as an interactive presentation (PDF) or in quiz format (PDF).

  • 100% Smoke-, Vape- and Cannabis-Free School Grounds Requirement: the Smoke-Free Ontario Act now designates all school property and a 20-metre radius around the property (the equivalent of two school buses lengths) as 100% tobacco, vape and cannabis free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round. The health unit provides signage and offers information and resources that can be used to communicate with the school community. Tobacco enforcement officers inspect schools and work with school administrators to support compliance with the law.
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