Welcome Back to School 2018-2019

The Florida Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators on-line course would like to welcome Florida educators and students to the 2018-2019 school year.  Educators, as you think about your plans for the coming school year, whether you teach the arts, mathematics, the sciences, or any other subject area, think about the material you present in your class.  Teaching lessons on tobacco prevention will have a lasting impact on the future of your students, their families, and possibly even yourself.

This is the ninth year for the Florida Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators online course to provide professional development opportunities for all Florida Department of Education K-12 certified teachers, school counselors and administrators in public, private, charter, and virtual schools.  As in previous years we will be offering a 30- or a 60-point course for credit towards certificate renewal.  These two courses now have a chapter devoted entirely to e-cigarettes and vaping.  This year we are also excited to offer two new courses: a new 20-point CEU course for Florida School Nurses and a 10-point course for Palm Beach County educators on ENDS (electronic nicotine devices).  The 30- and 60-point courses, and the nurse’s course also contain all the new information on vaping and e-cigarettes found in our 10-point ENDS course.  Palm Beach County educators who have not yet taken one of our tobacco prevention courses in their current certificate renewal period will be eligible to take our new 10-point ENDS course with lessons to teach to their students.

Last year over 450 participants from 43 districts registered to take the tobacco prevention course. Although 82% of the participants were from public schools, charter and private school educators also participated.  The top six subject areas included: Elementary-Mixed, Physical Education, Science, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Mathematics; however, teachers in any subject area can take our course.  Slightly more than 37% of our completers had their certificate up for renewal in 2018; however, it is never too early to work towards earning professional development credits for the next renewal period.

In 2018, 143 participants received certificates of completion after teaching six (6) tobacco prevention lessons to their students, and over 13,500 students received tobacco and e-cigarette prevention instruction.  Can you imagine the number of students who would benefit from tobacco and vaping prevention lessons if more teachers took one of our courses?

Every year participants state how they are amazed at the ways our youth are targeted by the tobacco industry; before it was through smoking, now youth are targets of the vaping industry.  According to the 2017 Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Florida report, 4.2% of Florida high school students smoke versus a national average of 7.6%, but 15.7% of Florida high school students report using electronic cigarettes.  The Florida Youth Tobacco Survey reports between 2012 and 2017 while cigarette use decreased by 59%, e-cigarette use increased 333.8%.  The vaping industry has lead our students to believe vaping is safe, but most e-devices and e-liquids contain nicotine which is highly addictive to the adolescent brain and can “disrupt the formation of brain circuits that control attention, learning, and susceptibility to addiction.”  Although smoking has decreased, if trends continue as they are today, it is estimated that 270,000 kids now under 18 and alive in Florida will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.  We can do more to educate our students about the dangers of tobacco and nicotine use and protect their future health.

Our tobacco prevention online course teaches our educators facts about tobacco products and how to help their students make better informed life choices before they are targeted by the tobacco industry or face peer pressure.   The school year has barely started and already we have almost 20 participants from seven school districts registered.  We are off to a great start.  You can register for one of the courses by clicking on the link below:

Click on the highlighted link:  Florida Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators

 

 

 

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