Government of BC vaping page with information about health impacts, laws, regulations, and links to additional resources.
Health Canada's vaping information campaign Consider the Consequences is online, on social media and in person.
QuitNow is the provincial quit smoking service. It now is also offering support to British Columbians of all ages looking to quit or reduce vaping.
If you don’t think your youth is vaping, now is the time to start the conversation. Here are some tips:
RECOGNIZE TEACHABLE MOMENTS
When you see someone vaping, or if it comes up in conversation, or even if a friend or family member vapes, it can make starting the conversation easier. Ask them how they feel about it and let them guide your discussion. Focus on being curious.
SET CLEAR RULES
Make school and sports team rules clear and stick to them. Let them know what will happen if they don’t follow them.
FOCUS ON POSITIVE MESSAGES
Encourage them to make choices that help them achieve their goals. Explore values with your youth.
REMIND THEM WHAT CAN HAPPEN FOR BREAKING THE RULES
Youth that break school rules can be suspended or kicked off a team. Discussions around responsibility for actions.
HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THE FACTS
Most vapes contain nicotine. Most youths start out thinking they can stop whenever they want and won’t ever become dependent. On top of that, youth who vape nicotine or THC may have trouble learning and memory issues, as both nicotine and THC have negative effects on adolescent brain development.
REMIND THEM THEY’RE ROLE MODELS TO OTHER YOUTH
Let them know that younger students and siblings look up to them as examples. How would they feel if a younger sibling got addicted to vaping?
NOT EVERYONE IS DOING IT
It is easier for youth to say “no” to peer pressure if they know not everyone is doing it. Let them know that more than half of high school and middle school students have never vaped, so they’re in good company.
Information from Lung Association, Manitoba 2022
Response from Byng Secondary:
Education and Health Promotion, as well as enforcement of school and VSB rules regarding the use of vaping devices at school-
- SACY (supporting and connecting youth) worker classroom visits for Grade 8 & 9s
- Information at Grade assemblies
- Encourage healthy living and supporting students interests in healthy activities
Alexis our school SACY worker, is available to students on Mondays and Tuesdays for support revolving around substance use, vaping, the decision making process, connection to community resources and more.