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Know the Facts Review School's Tobacco-Free Policy School Resources

Vape-Free School Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources for Indiana school staff, including administrators, teachers and health services staff, who are working to address the use of tobacco products, especially e-cigarettes in schools. This toolkit outlines opportunities for action that can be taken by various school staff with support of community partners.

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CATCH® My Breath Curriculum Training

CATCH® My Breath is a best-practices youth e-cigarette and JUUL prevention program developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The program provides up-to-date information to teachers, parents, and health professionals to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about the use of E-cigarettes, including JUUL devices. CATCH My Breath utilizes a peer-led teaching approach and meets National and State Health Education Standards.

Who should become a trainer?
Anyone working in tobacco prevention or public health, with youth, educators, parents, and more!

Each session is approximately 3 hours long. During this time, participants will learn more about youth e-cigarette use throughout Indiana, efforts to address the issue, and what they can do to help. At the end of each session, participants will become a CATCH® My Breath Trainer, allowing them the ability to educate others through the program!

Visit www.CATCHMyBreath.org to preview the website.


Training Dates and Locations

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Merrillville

  • 12:30 pm CT/1:30 pm ET
  • IBEW Local 697
    7200 Mississippi St. 
    Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Register

Thursday, Oct. 24: Fort Wayne

  • 1:00 pm  ET
  • Parkview Cancer Center
    11143 Parview Plaza Dr. 
    Fort Wayne, IN 46845
  • Register

Model Policy and Enforcement

In order for a school campus to be recognized as being tobacco-free, the language of the school’s policy must express that: 


Tobacco-Free Campus Policy Checklist
  • possession or use of tobacco products in any form; such as, cigar, cigarette, pipe, chewing tobacco, electronic nicotine delivery devices/electronic cigarettes, etc.; is prohibited
  •   the adopted policy is effective 24 hours a day
  •   school buildings are tobacco free
  •   school grounds are tobacco free
  •   school vehicles are tobacco free
  •   all students are subject to the policy’s regulations 
  •   all staff are subject to the policy’s regulations 
  •   all parents and visitors are subject to the policy’s regulations  
Download Model Tobacco-Free Policy document


Sample Signage




Alternative to Suspension Curriculum

A resource from the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, Healthy Futures is a suggested 1-session curriculum that educators can use over a 50-minute period.  Before using the curriculum, we suggest that educators become familiar with the material.

Educators should go through each unit in the Presenter Guide and download the PowerPoint for class presentation. Educators should also download the accompanying assessment and in-class activities. Speakers' notes are embedded in the PowerPoint. Activities are meant to be printed for students before class begins.

Alternative Measures

From the Public Health Law Center, this publication provides sample language and ideas for evidence-based solutions and information as to why these alternative measures may be more effective than suspension and expulsion at addressing student tobacco use and nicotine addiction as part of a school’s Commercial Tobacco-Free Policy.



Other Resources

Local Tobacco Control Coalitions are located in several counties across the state and can help with various tobacco prevention and cessation efforts for your school or organization.

Click here to search for tobacco control coalitions in your area.