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Empowering youth to be vape free.

CATCH My Breath’s peer-led teaching approach empowers students with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about e-cigarettes and resist social pressures to vape. Informed by tobacco youth prevention researchers and practitioners, years of real world implementation, and a youth advisory board, it is the only school-based vaping prevention program proven to reduce the likelihood of vaping among youth.

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About the Program
Proven Effective

CATCH My Breath is an evidence-based youth vaping prevention program for grades 5-12 that has been proven to substantially reduce students’ likelihood of vaping. The vape education program’s effectiveness was published in a peer-reviewed journal and the program is listed in SAMHSA’s Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series.

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Robust Program & Resources

Developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, the vape education program includes grade-level specific and health education standards-aligned classroom curriculum alongside a variety of engaging supplemental materials including STEM/Humanities/PE extensions, self-paced modules, and virtual field trips.

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Training & Support

CATCH Global Foundation provides teacher and health educator trainings that help ensure facilitators are effective in the vape education program delivery. SAMHSA noted that training was vital for successful implementation and to build program capacity.

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Proven Effectiveness

A peer-reviewed study of CATCH My Breath found that students in schools that implemented the program were half as likely to experiment with e-cigarettes over the following 16 months, compared with those in schools that did not receive the program. The publication of the findings in Public Health Reports – the official journal of the U.S. Surgeon General – makes CATCH My Breath recognized as an evidence-based youth vaping prevention program. The study also found the program increased student knowledge of vaping dangers and positive perceptions about choosing a vape-free lifestyle.

Program impact on an average middle school’s 7th grade class (192 students):

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17 will try e-cigarettes if we do nothing.

Intervention: CATCH My Breath

8 would be prevented with CATCH My Breath.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognized CATCH My Breath as the only recommended school-level youth vaping intervention in their Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series. SAMHSA noted that receiving training on CATCH My Breath was “vital” for successful implementation of the program and to build program capacity.

Want help developing a plan to use SAMHSA grant funds to implement tobacco youth prevention by CATCH My Breath in your community? Contact our program experts.

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Chicago Public Schools
Chicago, IL

CATCH My Breath kicked off in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) during the 2017-2018 school year thanks to the grant from CVS Health Foundation. Starting with five schools reaching just over 1,000 students, the program diffused throughout the district by word […]

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CATCH My Breath was created in 2016 at The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTHealth) in Austin. Dr. Steven H. Kelder developed the curriculum as a response to the 900% spike in youth e-cigarette use from 2011-2015. The […]

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CATCH My Breath vaping prevention curriculum (FREE to U.S. SCHOOLS)

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Pre-Recorded Training

Free Program Supplements

Access includes English & Spanish versions of the core curriculum for grades 5-12.

Optional CATCH My Breath Add-Ons (Single Sign On Available for Districts)

Video Lessons ($49 / school)

Live Implementation Training ($99 / seat)

Live Train-the-Trainer Training ($425 / seat)

Private Training
Inquire by email to [email protected]

Other Available CATCH Programs (Curriculum & Trainings)

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PE Journeys

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Training Options


Participants who complete the 45-minute asynchronous Implementation Training will be trained to implement the CATCH My Breath program within their community.
45 minutes
Recorded format
Participants can receive supporting documentation for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at the end of the session.


Information on the youth vaping epidemic, laws, and policies
In-depth look at the evidence-based CATCH My Breath curriculum
Our training covers grades 5-12


Live / Interactive
Participants who complete the 2-hour Implementation Training will be trained to implement the CATCH My Breath program within their community.
$99 / Registrant
2 Hours
Live webinar format
Participants can receive supporting documentation for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at the end of the session.


Information on the youth vaping epidemic, laws, and policies
In-depth look at the evidence-based CATCH My Breath curriculum
Demonstrate how to facilitate CATCH My Breath session

Review of parent and caregiver outreach materials

Our training covers grades 5-12

Dates / Registration

Event link information will be sent one business day prior to the session. Sessions will not be recorded. Should you not be able to attend a session, email [email protected] for alternative options.


Live / Interactive
Participants who complete this training and pass the open-book exam will be certified to facilitate the teacher implementation training within the community they serve.
$425 / Registrant
2 days / 3 hours each day
Live webinar format
Open-book final exam
Exam may be used as supporting documentation for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


Youth vaping epidemic
E-cigarette laws and policies
Links between vaping, lung health, and infectious diseases, like coronavirus
CATCH My Breath curriculum
Distance-learning implementation
Need for health and prevention programs in school / after-school / summer / recreational settings
History of CATCH and CATCH My Breath Program
How to deliver an implementation training
Best-practices & policies for successful implementation
Training session modeling and practice
Best-practices on educating parents utilizing the parent engagement materials

CATCH My Breath is the most-used youth nicotine vaping prevention program in the United States. The curriculum is offered free of cost to U.S. middle schools and high schools and has served over 1.8 million students across all 50 states in over 5,500+ schools.

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To effectively scale our work and reach millions of children, CATCH My Breath relies on the generous support of our funding partners and donors, who help us bring full vape education program implementation and local capacity building services to the underserved communities who need it most.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities or how your company or foundation can help youth across the globe access vaping prevention education, please contact John Weidman, Director of Global Advancement, at [email protected].

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CATCH My Breath program usage in the U.S.

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