Vaping Prevention for Schools

In Snohomish County, 23% of 10th grade students reported currently using vapor devices in 2018 (Washington State Healthy Youth Survey). While this number can vary from district to district, the use of these products among teens in our county is incredibly high. 

In order to help both middle and high schools combat this teen epidemic of vaping, the Snohomish County Health Department has created a toolkit of resources to be used at all levels.

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  1. School Policy
  2. Educate Staff
  3. Educate Parents
  4. Additional Resources

Review and strengthen current school tobacco policy

  • The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released a discipline policy update in July of 2019 regarding substance use and possession.  This policy update clarified OSPI’s move away from suspension and expulsion for substance related violations, except as a last resort, and encouraged schools to find other ways to help students meet behavior expectations. 
  •  Discipline Policy for Substance Use and Possession
  • Many schools and school districts are in the process of updating their discipline policies regarding tobacco related violations.  Please see the attached document for snapshot of what high schools and middle schools are doing in our county 
  • Snohomish County School’s Vaping Policies
  • All schools need to have clear signage indicating the prohibition of tobacco products.  If your school needs more signs, please contact us