Kits to help students quit vaping or properly dispose of vaping materials are being placed in 17 school-based health programs throughout the Health Department of Northwest Michigan’s four-county jurisdiction of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties. The health department purchased and is providing each location with the following:
Vape/Electronic Nicotine Device (ENDs) Disposal Boxes: The boxes are locked secure mailboxes. Youth who would like to quit can dispose of vapes in the box. Additionally, school staff who confiscate vapes can properly dispose of them in the box. As needed, a health department Substance Use Prevention (SUP) team member will collect and properly dispose of the vapes from the disposal box at each clinic.
Vape Quit Kits: Youth who visit a school Child Adolescent Health Center and share with health department staff they would like to quit vaping will receive a kit containing various tools to assist them with the quitting process, such as chewing gum, a sensory fidget toy, and most importantly the “My Life, My Quit” business card.
“My Life, My Quit” is the free and confidential way to quit smoking or vaping designed for teens. Substance Use Prevention team members from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan have been distributing vape disposal units and vape quit kits to the following schools or school-based health programs: Vanderbilt Area Schools, Johannesburg-Lewiston High School, St. Mary’s Gaylord High School, Petoskey High School, Pellston Hornet Health Center, Gaylord Blue Devil Wellness Center, Alanson Wellness Program, Harbor Springs Ram Wellness Program, Mancelona Ironmen Health Center, Crooked Tree High School, Ellsworth Middle-High School, Boyne City Rambler Wellness Program, Central Lake Trojans Wellness Program, Charlevoix Rayder Wellness Program, East Jordan Wellness Center, The Falls Care Center – Boyne Falls and Concord Academy Petoskey.