Tobacco Prevention

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E-cigarette Use: a Serious Public Health Concern

With over 2.5 million children and teens using e-cigarettes, youth e-cigarette use remains a serious public health concern. 85% of children and teens reportedly use flavored products. National PTA and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids are committed to raising awareness about the risks of using tobacco and helping to prevent e-cigarette and other tobacco use among youth.

National PTA and PTAs nationwide have been advocating in support of legislation, regulation and/or other national, state and local measures to:

  • Address the manufacturing of and ingredients in e-cigarettes
  • Prohibit the advertising, marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to individuals under the age of 21
  • Prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places and on school grounds

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National PTA’s collaboration with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids builds on the association’s commitment to educating youth, parents, school boards and local officials on the dangers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. National PTA adopted a position statement on the Dangers of Tobacco Products in 2001 and a resolution on Electronic Cigarettes and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and Individuals Under 21 in 2016.

How PTAs Can Help Prevent the Youth Tobacco Use in All Forms

Through this collaboration, National PTA and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids will provide resources for PTAs/PTSAs to use to educate their school communities about youth tobacco-use, including e-cigarettes, how to support the elimination of all flavored tobacco products and Prevention efforts.

National PTA will also provide PTAs/PTSAs advocacy tools to lead anti-tobacco efforts within their communities and host education and advocacy school-wide campaign events for families, including Take Down Tobacco Day of Action on April 1, 2024.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Tobacco Prevention Campaign Toolkit


Use these toolkit resources and those found in our program toolkit resources to guide you through planning tobacco prevention programming for your school community.  

The tools will help your PTA assess the prevalence of tobacco-use in your school community, including vaping, e-cigarette use and flavored tobacco product use. Engage youth, families, school officials, community members and legislators in your education and advocacy efforts by hosting Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has everything your PTA/PTSA needs to make your campaign and other tobacco prevention education and action activities a success!

About the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is the leading advocacy organization working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the United States and around the world. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids works to change public attitudes about tobacco and promote proven policies that are most effective at reducing tobacco use and save the most lives.


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