Educational Initiative

Safety Advocates Since 2011

Working to End the Vaping Injury Crisis Among Teens

Over the past two decades, we have seen a significant decrease in youth cigarette smoking with the advent of campaigns that exposed it for what it is: an ‘uncool’ habit that Big Tobacco pushed on young people through sneaky marketing tactics. But as parents, educators, and school administrators, we are currently facing a new deadly problem.

E-cigarette manufacturers, supported by tobacco companies, have engaged in a calculated and deceptive campaign to get teens addicted to nicotine in a new way — allowing those companies to recoup the profits they have lost from the decline in cigarette smoking. They are preying on unsuspecting young people without regard for the devastating health consequences.

End Vaping aims to be part of the solution to stop this deadly health crisis in its tracks. We have developed a fact-based, engaging presentation aimed at informing students about the dangers of vaping. By providing teens with the right information, we can help them make smart decisions about their health and keep their friends safe as well.

Vaping Is Threatening Our Children's Health

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product* among American youth. How serious is the problem? Here are a few statistics from the Surgeon General:

  • More than 3.6 million American youth used e-cigarettes in 2018.
  • E-cigarette use among middle and high school students increased by 900% in four years (2011 to 2015).
  • Among high school students alone, e-cigarette use increased by 78% in one year (2017 to 2018).

Even though some vaping products have been marketed as a ‘safer’ alternative to smoking cigarettes, they still largely contain nicotine, a highly addictive chemical. Not only are our children becoming addicted to e-cigarettes, but people across the country are suffering and dying from severe lung damage related to vaping.

Schedule a Presentation

If you are an educator, school administrator or staff member, PTA member, or a concerned parent, we want to talk with you about hosting an End Vaping presentation.

In 2010 we recognized that distracted driving was an epidemic and was adversely impacting teens and supported the efforts of (End Distracted Driving) to educate teens so they could make informed decisions. Since then through a network of volunteer speakers science-based presentations that engage teens have reached nearly 500,000. We are using the experience gained from that campaign and many of those proven volunteer speakers in our vaping campaign efforts. Learn more about here

Our volunteer speakers are health care personnel, counselors, trial lawyers, and other professionals who are experienced in giving engaging presentations to young people. Together, they have presented to more than 450,000 teens and adults about safety. We invite you to host a presentation and join our efforts to educate teens about the dangers of vaping and the marketing tactics that lured millions of young people into addiction.

Here are the benefits to having a volunteer speaker visit your students:

Stop the Vaping Epidemic
Be part of the solution by raising awareness of the deadly dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes among our nation's youth.
Engaging Presentations
Our presentations easily fit into a lunch or class period. Students are engaged by and interested in our interactive talks.
Save Lives
Little is known about the exact cause of the reported vaping deaths and illnesses. Help protect local kids from falling victim.
Nationwide Speaker Network
We have access to hundreds of speakers. Someone located nearby will present at a date and time that is convenient for you.

We invite you to schedule a presentation today.

Getting started is easy. Just complete our online form to request a speaker at no cost to your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

One of our campaign's volunteer speakers will present to your students without any cost to your school.
Many students do not realize how e-cigarette companies have taken advantage of them. Through deceptive marketing tactics, they have gotten millions of young people hooked on nicotine. Our organization does not preach or tell our audiences "what to do." Rather, we present the facts and share stories so they can make informed decisions in their own lives.
Getting started is easy. Just complete our online form to request a speaker to come to your school at no cost.

About Us

This campaign is spearheaded by the Anapol Weiss Foundation.

The Anapol Weiss Foundation supports people and organizations that promote community health and safety. Funded by a portion of fees from Anapol Weiss’s successful cases, the foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to nonprofits that help people with injuries similar to those of the firm’s clients.

Joel Feldman is a partner at the law firm of Anapol Weiss. With input from children’s health and safety experts, he developed an interactive, evidence-based distracted driving program that integrates health communication, behavioral change, and targeted persuasion principles. Through his organization, (End Distracted Driving), Joel has given more than 750 presentations to middle schools, high schools and colleges and at businesses and conferences across the country. Now, he has taken those highly effective presentation concepts and applied them to another health and safety epidemic in our country: severe lung damage in young people caused by vaping.

Below is a video of Joel speaking with high school students about the dangers of distracted driving.

* “These products are tobacco products because they are made or derived from tobacco and intended for human consumption.”

FDA Warning Letter to JUUL Labs, Inc.
MARCS-CMS 590950 — SEPTEMBER 09, 2019