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CATCH My Breath NYC Schools

A pivotal partnership to address youth vaping among New York City students.

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Empowering New York City Youth to Live Vape Free

In collaboration with the New York City Public Schools and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, CATCH is providing its nationally-recognized and evidence-based youth vaping prevention program, CATCH My Breath, to public school educators serving middle and high school students.

Through a generous grant from the New York Health Foundation, up to 210 educators during the 2023-2025 school years will receive free training on CATCH My Breath program implementation, customized parent and student engagement resources, and quarterly access to a vaping prevention e-Newsletter and Communities of Practice event in order to learn the latest research and best practices. Additionally, middle and high school students will be engaged across New York City in youth empowerment and service learning opportunities via a citywide public service announcement (PSA) contest in the 2024-2025 school year.

Despite the numerous health consequences, vaping and e-cigarettes continue to gain traction among youth in New York City. In 2019, one in six high school students reported using e-cigarettes. Nearly five times as many high school students in New York City use e-cigarettes than smoke cigarettes. In 2018, one in 15 middle school students reported using e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are particularly harmful for youth because those who use them are more likely to start smoking cigarettes, and additionally, nicotine impacts youth brain development.

The goals of the CATCH My Breath NYC initiative are to reduce the initiation of nicotine vaping by middle and high school students by building the capacity of educators to deliver vaping prevention education to students and parents, and empower students to choose and advocate for a vape-free lifestyle.

New York City Educators

We have greatly enjoyed engaging with you in our CATCH My Breath Implementation trainings and are here to support you! Together, we are helping New York City youth live healthy lives free of nicotine use and addiction.

In addition to your quarterly e-Newsletter, here are some other announcements to be informed about:

Program Fidelity

In an effort to capture your important efforts with the number of students and grade levels that went through the CATCH My Breath program, we ask that you take a minute to fill out this two-question survey.

Complete Survey

In the Media

What People Are Saying
I didn’t know that vaping was so bad. A lot of people do it because other people do it. I would tell them to stop now that I know how bad it is.

— 8th Grade Student, Judith K. Weiss School

I really enjoyed reading through the new 5th and 6th grade curriculum. I thought the teachers notes were very helpful and the activities and videos were age appropriate. Congratulations to your team for completing this large undertaking. I can’t wait to teach the updated curriculum.

— Emily Hayes, Williamson County Health Department

CATCH My Breath NYC is generously sponsored by the New York Health Foundation.
Many thanks to our dedicated partners at the New York City Public Schools and NYC DOH.