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Background: The increased use and initiation of e-cigarette use (more commonly referred to as vape or vaping) in youth is a growing health concern. “Be Epic”, implemented in November of 2020 to May of 2021, is a multi-component e-cigarette preventative program targeting teachers, parents, and youth grades 5-12 in the Rural Southeast Utah counties of Carbon, Emery, and Grand. Methods: Be Epic teacher trainings were assessed with pre- and post- surveys measuring teachers’ knowledge, and confidence. Significance was measured utilizing aggregated sample t-tested pre- and post- survey means. Results: Participants showed an increase in knowledge and confidence pertaining to e-cigarette use, prevention, and education in youth post Be Epic teacher trainings. Conclusion: Be Epic trainings improved teacher knowledge on e-cigarettes and confidence in vape prevention among students. Participants felt better prepared to intervene and to ultimately prevent e-cigarette use and initiation among youth. Be Epic opens conversation amongst school districts on e-cigarettes and vaping.

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Logan, UT


e-cigarette usage, Be Epic, vape prevention, youth vaping


Health and Physical Education

Vape Prevention in Rural Populations: Teacher Education