Long Island Teen Vaping Forum: The Search for the Truth

On March 3, 2021 the American Heart Association on Long Island hosted the first Peer to Peer discussion on tobacco & vaping. Whether you are for it or against it, vaping is an extremely important topic amongst teens. Our goal is to bring young adults together to speak with one another and search for the truth about vaping and tobacco. Thank you to the young leaders who made this conversation possible. 

Additional Resources:

Vaping and Tobacco Forum Presentation Slides

Tobacco-Free School District Infographic

Tobacco Free Schools Toolkit

Vape vs. Teens Survey Results

Health Equity Animated: Zip Code

What is Health Equity?

 Vaping and E-cigarettes
Vaping is becoming an increasing epidemic among teens. In 2018, e-cigarette use nearly doubled in high school students. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles.

 While e-cigarette vapor may have fewer toxic substances than cigarette smoke, e-cig users are still exposed to nicotine, which is a dangerous and highly addictive chemical, as well as toxins, metals and contaminants. Varying amounts of toxic chemicals have been linked to heart and respiratory diseases and cancer.

The 101 on E-cigarettes

How Smoking and Nicotine Damage Your Body

Black Lives, Black Lungs (mini documentary)

Want to Talk to Your Teen About Vaping?

Benefits of Quitting Smoking Now

 Mental Health and Wellness

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. For years, doctors thought the connection between mental health and heart health was strictly behavioral – such as the person who is feeling down seeking relief from smoking, drinking or eating fatty foods.

That thinking has started to change. Research shows there could be physiological connections, too. The biological and chemical factors that trigger mental health issues also could influence heart disease.

How Does Depression Affect the Heart?

Meditation to Boost Health and Well-Being

Busy Parents and Caregivers Must Care for Themselves

How to Break Bad Habits and Change Behavior

How to Boost Willpower infographic

 You’re the Cure Network
The American Heart Association advocates for heart-healthy and stroke-smart communities through legislative and regulatory policies in New York, and we need you to join us!

This is your opportunity for your voice to be heard!

Join the You’re the Cure Network 

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor is a letter sent to a publication about issues of concern from its readers. This is one of the most popular read features in any magazine or newspaper.

Issues to be Addressed:

  • Additional tobacco tax
  • Banning all menthol tobacco products


Long Island Teen Vaping Forum: The Search for the Truth


Long Island Teen Vaping Forum: The Search for the Truth

This is another way to get your voice to be heard!

Tobacco Free Schools

Vaping is the new youth tobacco epidemic. 1 in 5 teens are vaping, that is 3.6 million kids! Nearly half of the youth e-cigarette users report using a device in school, and half of those kids want to quit.

Schools can play a role by creating a holistic approach:

  • Education: educate all students on tobacco products
  • Policy & Environment: ensure and enforce a 100% tobacco-free environment
  • Supportive Approach: offer a supportive approach for students who are caught

100% Tobacco-Free School Policy Essentials:

  • Prohibits the use of any tobacco products by students, staff, and visitors
  • Prohibits the possession by students
  • Applies at all times, on all district property (including vehicles) and at all district-sponsored events, including field trips
  • Provides a progressive, supportive approach for disciplinary actions when students are caught vaping or using tobacco products
  • Does not use exclusionary practices such as suspension or expulsion, unless they are last resort
  • Does not use other punitive measures such as taking away extracurricular and issuing fines
  • Does not involve school resource officers or law enforcement in disciplinary procedures

 Thank you the the Committee:

Abe Baker-Butler – Students Against Nicotine (SAN)

Brittney Hoffmann – American Heart Association

Caitlin O’Brein – American Heart Association

Carissa Jachcinski – Reality Check

Daisy Amaris – Sewanhaka Schools

Devin Escobar – Uniondale Schools

Diego Ortiz Quintero – American Heart Association

Emily Jones – Reality Check

Emily Kalika – Uniondale Schools

Estafani Benietz – Reality Check

Greg Mihailovich – American Heart Association

Harrison Du – Students Against Nicotine (SAN)

Janine Bradley – Uniondale Schools

Jennifer Miller – American Heart Association

Jennifer Teich – Uniondale Schools

Jeovanna Serpas – Reality Check

Joseline Serpas – Reality Check

Judith Montauban – Reality Check

Katie Bauer – American Heart Association

Kerin Barahona – Reality Check

Kimberley Donis – Reality Check

Marissa Greider – American Heart Association

Mark Hurley – American Heart Association

Michele Gervat – American Heart Association

Oluchi Chukwuemka – Suffolk Youth Caucus

Riya Subbaiah – Friends Academy

Sergio Argueta – Uniondale Schools

Teasia Chenshaw – Reality Check

Teruno Hyman – Uniondale Schools

Thank you to the organizations that collaborated on this project:

Students Against Nicotine

Reality Check

American Heart Association

For any questions, please contact [email protected].