Be Vape Free – A new initiative from CATCH, Discovery Education, and the CVS Health Foundation

December 17, 2019


We are excited to announce that CATCH Global Foundation has partnered with Discovery Education and the CVS Health Foundation to launch Be Vape Free, an initiative to help ensure that everyone – students, parents, educators, and other community members – has access to no-cost, vaping prevention resources to help educate and empower young people. 

At the heart of Be Vape Free is the evidence-based CATCH My Breath youth vaping prevention program. Through this new partnership, we will be rolling out improved and expanded resources for CATCH My Breath, beginning with Elementary School (5th grade) today and continuing with middle and high school over the course of the next calendar year. 

The new Elementary Classroom Resources take an interdisciplinary, standards-aligned approach to vaping prevention. The CATCH My Breath Core Program Bundle identifies the health risks of e-cigarettes and teaches key refusal skills. Additionally, there are two new Supplementary Program Bundles that tie vaping prevention to 5th grade science and humanities curricula.

The new Elementary Classroom Resources are already live on CATCH.org and can be accessed immediately; we’ll similarly add the other grade level updates as they become available in 2020. There is also a new website for the Be Vape Free initiative – bevapefree.org – that includes additional resources for parents and community members. 

A note for current Elementary School CATCH My Breath users:

The existing “5th/6th grade” version of CATCH My Breath will now be labeled “6th grade” and the newly developed 5th grade program will be labeled “Elementary School (5th grade)” on CATCH.org. Schools currently using the 5th/6th grade version of CATCH My Breath can choose to continue using that version (now labeled “6th grade”) on CATCH.org through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

If you have any questions, please email catchmybreath@catch.org. Look for more announcements about Be Vape Free in 2020!