Welcome to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) E-cigarette and Vaping Curriculum. This curriculum focuses on addressing youth E-cigarette prevention and cessation based on current evidence and best practices. To request permission to use or adapt any part of this curriculum, please contact us.


E-cigarettes 101

This session covers the epidemiology of youth E-cigarette use, the terminology related to E-cigarettes, the types of E-cigarettes available, and the components of E-cigarettes and E-cigarette liquid.

Health Effects of E-cigarette Use

This session covers the link between E-cigarettes and future initiation of cigarette use, how youth are uniquely susceptible to nicotine addiction, the common safety risks of E-cigarettes, and the science related to long-term health risks.

The Appeal of E-cigarettes to Youth

This session covers the reasons that youth use E-cigarettes, the link between flavored tobacco products and youth nicotine addition, the tobacco industry’s targeted marking of tobacco products to youth, and youth’s exposure to E-cigarette marketing.

The Importance of Addressing E-cigarettes in Practice

This session covers why pediatric health providers should address E-cigarettes in clinical practice and describes United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for addressing E-cigarettes in pediatric practice.

Screening Adolescents for E-cigarette Use in Clinical Practice

This session covers the importance of screening for tobacco and E-cigarettes, suggests screening questions, describes the concept of “Asking the Right Questions” and the 5A model for addressing tobacco use, and describes the importance of confidentiality in preventive service discussions.

Counseling and Motivational Interviewing for Teens

This session covers the evidence-based for youth nicotine cessation, identifies strategies for counseling adolescents about E-cigarette use, names practice tools designed to assess nicotine dependence, and describes ways to incorporate elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI) into E-cigarette counseling.

Assessing Nicotine Dependence in Adolescents

This session covers the health concerns related to nicotine dependence in adolescents and how to utilize practice tools to measure nicotine dependence in adolescent E-cigarette users.

Supporting Cessation in Teens who use E-cigarettes

This session covers the evidence-based for youth nicotine cessation, identifies strategies for supporting youth who are ready to quit their E-cigarette use, describes strategies for using pharmacotherapy with youth who are addicted to nicotine, and explains the importance of arranging a follow-up discussion with youth who are ready to quit their E-cigarette use.

Addressing E-cigarettes and Tobacco with Parents

This session covers educating parents about E-cigarettes, describes strategies to protect children from E-cigarette and e-liquid exposure, describes that E-cigarettes should not be recommended as a cessation tool, and describes recommendations for parents who are tobacco users.

Coding and Billing for E-cigarettes

This session describes ICD-10-CM codes that can be used for tobacco and nicotine use and counseling and describes CPT billing codes for tobacco use and exposure counseling.

Addressing E-cigarettes in the Community Setting

This session covers the three elements for policy change, describes policy priorities for tobacco control, describes the clinician’s role as pediatric advocates, and describes where and how to advocate for tobacco control.

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