SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days

Award Level

3rd Place - Empirical Graduate


Empirical Graduate


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2021), 68 deaths due to the use of e-cigarettes with associated lung injury have been reported. Vaping has become a popular trend in the movement against combustible cigarettes, especially among adolescents. Many individuals view vaping as a healthier alternative to cigarette use, but the high percentage of nicotine can have lasting effects. The use of nicotine at young ages has been found to harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (2020) recommends education by primary care clinicians to prevent initiation of these substances among adolescents. To combat this health disparity in America’s youth, vaping educational programs are necessary. This project sought to implement the CATCH My Breath evidenced-based vaping prevention program into a rural community’s middle-school. Advanced health students grades 7th-8th were recruited for the study based on parental consent and student assent. The students participated in four educational sessions over one-month with a pre/post-questionnaire project design. Results showed a 23% increase in student knowledge regarding vaping use. Attitudes towards e-cigarettes and vaping were unchanged. Post-intervention results revealed that 97.8% of students reported that the CATCH My Breath program increased their knowledge on e-cigarette and vaping use. The goal of this project was to ultimately change knowledge and attitudes of the study participants to reduce the prevalence of adolescent vaping.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Janelle Harding



Submission Type

in-person poster




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