Tobacco Free Brunswick

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Brunswick County health educators foster best practice strategies to reduce deaths and health problems due to tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke or e-cigarette aerosols. All residents in our community deserve a healthy home, workplace and community where tobacco use is no longer the social norm.

Our initiatives focus on four goals:

  1. Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosols through tobacco-free environments.
  2. Ensure that tobacco users are connected with resources to help them quit and build capacity for evidence-based tobacco treatment.
  3. Prevent youth initiation of tobacco use.
  4. Address tobacco-related disparities in populations with higher tobacco use rates.

The Rise of Vaping

The Rise of Vaping video offered by The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids provides relevant, youth-focused information on the rise of e-cigarettes like Juul and to prevent nicotine use.

This video can be used in classrooms, assemblies, training, conferences, summits, and anywhere else as a resource to help prevent youth and teen e-cigarette use. The video is intended mainly for middle and high school audiences.

Implement Effective 100% Tobacco-Free School Policies

N.C.G.S. section 115C-407 requires that every North Carolina school district have a written 100% tobacco-free school policy that prohibits the use of any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, on campus and at school-related events for students, staff, and visitors. Schools and communities should continue to educate and train school staff to support this policy and tobacco-free school compliance.

For students who violate the tobacco-free schools' policy, we recommend:

  • Confiscate and do not return the tobacco products, including e-cigarettes/vaping devices and e-cigarette paraphernalia, cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and snuff, and hookah tobacco and paraphernalia from the student.
  • Use an alternative to out-of-school suspension. Find free, effective options in this resource list (PDF)
  • Offer cessation support to any student who is ready to quit. If your school does not have cessation services available, see cessation resources below.

Call in a Consultant

Your Regional Tobacco Control Manager is available to provide technical assistance on tobacco-free policy issues and to implement a tobacco prevention and control program, including an e-cigarette/vape/Juul educational program.

The following free resources are available to your school and community partners to address the surging use of e-cigarettes/vaping devices among youth.

Implement Curricula

CATCH My Breath™ is an evidence-based tobacco use prevention curriculum that addresses middle and high schoolers' use of e-cigarettes and meets national and state educational standards. The curriculum is available free of charge to NC schools. Find other free and effective options in this resource list (PDF)

We do not recommend tobacco prevention and cessation programs being promoted by or funded by tobacco or e-cigarette companies. Many past studies have shown such programs are ineffective, at best.

For more information visit the N.C. Tobacco Free Schools webpage.