The goal of the West Virginia Youth Tobacco Prevention Program is to prevent our young people from trying or using tobacco products. Also to assist the youth who do use tobacco products in reducing the amount they use or quitting, including those who vape.
The Youth Program works closely with the American Lung Association of WV (ALA) to address the community tobacco prevention and cessation needs in the state and to provide Not-on-Tobacco (N-O-T) a teen smoking and vaping cessation program.
The American Lung Association offers a self-guided, mobile friendly web-based program that gives teens the resources to quit vaping, smoking or chewing tobacco products. This program NOT for me can be accessed here.
E-Cigarette use, or vaping, among youth is an epidemic in West Virginia. Vaping use rates are rising faster in West Virginia than rates across the nation. For additional information click here: WV Youth and Vaping Summary
Raze is West Virginia's youth tobacco prevention and education program. Since 2001, students in grades 6-12 have participated in Raze crews in schools and community organizations as Scouts, 4-H, and religious organizations. Within crews, Raze members educate their peers, schools,and communities through tobacco education activities called "commotions". Each Raze crew receives a mini-grant to empower their activities and the adult advisior that lead Raze crews receive a personal stipend. Leadership and scholarship opportunities are offered to Raze members. To learn more visit the Raze website. Also check out the Instagram, and the Twitter page to learn more.