The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), as well as state and local health departments are investigating an outbreak of severe lung disease associated with e-cigarette use. The CDC has identified more than 500 possible cases, including 16 cases in New York City. While the investigation is ongoing, you should share this information with your students, staff and families.
- Parent-facing fact sheet: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): e-cigarettes (available in all DOE-supported languages on the Health Forms and Notices InfoHub page; scroll to “Substance Abuse”).
- Youth-facing fact sheet: Teens and Vaping: What Are the Risks?
- Youth-facing flyer: Drug Myths & Facts (available in all DOE-supported languages on the Health Forms and Notices InfoHub page; scroll to “Substance Abuse”).
- NYC Health department website:
Health Bulletin (available in multiple languages).
- FDA e-cigarette posters: Chemicals in Vaping: Nickel; Chemicals in Vaping: Lead; Chemicals in Vaping: Formaldehyde; Chemicals in Vaping: Nicotine; and Chemicals in Vaping: Chromium (available to download or order copies for free).
You can order copies of the “E-cigarettes Health Bulletin” and the “Teens and Vaping” fact sheet for your school by calling 311. Tobacco and other drug-use prevention is a key component of comprehensive health education lessons required by the New York State Education Department in elementary, middle and high school. This instruction provides students with knowledge and skills that can change behaviors around tobacco and other drug use. Use and possession of e-cigarettes are prohibited according to the DOE discipline code. Please review additional information and resources on local e-cigarette policies, health, and safety.
If your school is approached by e-cigarette industry-sponsored prevention programs, such as prevention programs from JUUL, you should not accept these offers. The CDC and DOHMH have warned that tobacco industry-sponsored school-based prevention programs are ineffective and may even promote tobacco use among youth.
For questions or additional information on DOE tobacco policies, please reach out to your health director. For questions and guidance on DOE-recommended curricula, professional learning opportunities and instructional support for health education, email firstname.lastname@example.org