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June 28, 2022 – June 30, 2022 , 3:30-4:45
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113

CATCH My Breath, A Rapid Response to the Youth Vaping Epidemic

Marcella Bianco

CATCH My Breath is a peer-reviewed, evidence-based nicotine vaping prevention program (Public Health Reports) developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) School of Public Health that has been proven effective at reducing the likelihood that students will experiment with vaping. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently named CATCH My Breath as the only recommended school-level youth vaping intervention in the evidence-based resource guide series Reducing Vaping Among Youth and Young Adults. The program provides up-to-date information to teachers, parents, and health professionals to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about the use of e-cigarettes. CATCH My Breath utilizes a peer-led teaching approach for grades 5th thru 12th, meets National Health Education Standards and integrates Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Through a partnership with Discovery Education and CVS Health Foundation supplemental resources have been added to the already free CATCH My Breath curriculum including virtual field trip, video topic series, and lessons for STEM and Humanities. All lessons use a variety of educational strategies including: cooperative learning groups, group discussions, goal setting, interviews, and analyzing mass media. During this session, participants will learn how schools across the country are addressing its need for e-cigarette prevention by using the CMB program. Through discussion and small group activities participants will learn about the 4-lesson curriculum and how a variety of educational strategies and activities increase students’ knowledge and motivations to abstain from e-cigarettes and build skills for resisting peer and media influences.

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