CATCH My Breath

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CATCH My Breath (CMB) is a middle school e-cigarette prevention program originally designed as a rapid response to the emerging teen vaping trends. Our team is conducting an evaluation study to empirically assess the three-year effects of the CMB program on reducing susceptibility and initiation of e-cigarette use in a 6th-grade cohort, using a 20-school group randomized controlled trial (RCT), with approximately 1,400 students. 

CATCH My Breath was developed and custom built with input from school administrators, health education coordinators, tobacco prevention educators, classroom teachers, students, and parents. CMB has been formatively evaluated and pilot tested at 59 middle schools in 7 states, resulting in positive feedback from over 100 middle school teachers and almost 10,000 6th-8th grade students. Our second pilot test was a pretest-posttest controlled experiment (2017-2018) and resulted in a treatment-control difference of 3.8% in ever smoking over a 16-month period. The research team, along with the CATCH Global Foundation, have developed a digital school-health program distribution framework which includes in-person and online teacher training.

The CATCH My Breath trial is conducted by researchers at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin, with funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH). 

Partners of the CMB include: 

  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health


Steven Kelder, PhD, MPH
Principal Investigator 

Dale Mantey, PhD, MPH
Postdoctoral Fellow 

Tara Nouveau, MEd, MPH
Project Manager 

Onyinye Omega-Njemnobi, PhD, MBBS, MPH
Postdoctoral Fellow 

Andrew Springer, DrPH

Felisa Ruiz, MPH
Research Associate 

Boajiang Chen, PhD

Kymberle Sterling, PhD

Duncan Van Dusen, MPH
Founder & CEO at CATCH Global Foundation

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CATCH My Breath E-Cigarette Prevention Program and UTHealth Research Study

7/6/2020 - We invite your child to join the CATCH My Breath Youth Focus Group.

Dissemination of CATCH My Breath, a middle school E-Cigarette prevention program

Kelder SH, Mantey DS, Van Dusen D, Vaughn T, Bianco M, Springer AE. Dissemination of CATCH My Breath, A Middle School E-Cigarette Prevention Program. Addictive Behaviors. 2020 Oct 10:106698.

A Middle School Program to Prevent E-Cigarette Use: A Pilot Study of "CATCH My Breath"

(Kelder, S. H., Mantey, D. S., Van Dusen, D., Case, K., Haas, A., & Springer, A. E. (2020). Public Health Reports, 135(2), 220-229.)

‘Catch My Breath’ campaign stops in Leander to warn of vaping dangers

With all the new cases of respiratory illnesses connected to vaping, parents want to know all there is to know about it. There was a special presentation as part of the national “Catch My Breath” campaign Tuesday night in Leander at the Running Brushy Middle School’s PTA meeting.

CATCHING FIRE: UTHealth Program Reduces E-Cigarette Use Among Youth

It’s time to catch your breath. Actually, that would be CATCH My Breath, a UTHealth School of Public Health program on the frontline of the battle to reduce or eliminate the use of e-cigarette products in schools.
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E-cigarette Prevention: CATCH My Breath for Middle School and High School

Learn how teachers, parents, and health professionals in the school/after-school setting can equip students with answers about E-cigarettes.