Tools and Resources to Enhance Your Plan

Prevention Resources

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department in collaboration with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks created an interactive lesson to teach youth about the dangers of vaping. This evidence-informed lesson is available for use by teachers, tobacco prevention educators, counselors, nurses and other public health advocates.

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CATCH stands for a Coordinated Approach to Child Health. CATCH My Breath is an evidence-based youth e-cigarette, JUUL, and vape prevention program specific to grades 5-12. CATCH My Breath was designed to be taught by teachers, tobacco prevention counselors, nurses, and other public health advocates. The program is available at no cost to schools thanks to generous funding from CVS Health.

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Early Intervention

ASPIRE, which stands for A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience, was created by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. It is a bilingual, online tool that helps middle and high school teens learn about being tobacco free. It explains the dangers of tobacco and nicotine use so they never start smoking. Or, if they already do, it gives them information and ways to quit. Students can earn a certificate of completion upon finishing the program. Teachers have administrator access to track student progress. Thirty minute and 4-6 hour version available for use as alternative to suspension program.

Indicated Intervention

American Lung Association logoThe American Lung Association’s Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) program is an alternative to suspension or citation program that is offered to students who face suspension for violation of school tobacco or nicotine use policies. It is administered by an adult facilitator in either a one-on-one or group format in a school or community-based setting. The program consists of four 50-minute sessions focused on tobacco, vaping and other nicotine use; nicotine addiction; establishing healthy alternatives; and ending personal use of nicotine and tobacco products.

Youth Cessation

N-O-T (Not on Tobacco) from American Lung Association is designed to promote cessation and reduce tobacco and vape use among current adolescent smoker (ages 11-18). It consists of 10, 50-minute-session. The easy-to-use method helps teens quit by addressing total health in order to develop and maintain positive behaviors. N-O-T is an evidence-based program with an impressive success rate, with approximately 90% of teens who participate in the program cutting back or quitting tobacco altogether. 

SmokefreeTXT for Teens is a program for young adults (13-19 years old) who want to be smokefree. The program is around 6-8 weeks, depending on your quit date. You will receive 3-5 messages per day. This free program is provided by and the National Institutes of Health.

This is Quitting is a free mobile program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind text messaging program incorporates messages from other young people like them who have attempted to, or successfully quit, e-cigarettes. Our messages show the real side of quitting, both the good and the bad, to help young people feel motivated, inspired and supported throughout their quitting process. We also send young people evidence-based tips and strategies to quit and stay quit. This is Quitting is tailored based on age (within 13 to 24 years old) and product usage to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting.