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Anti-Vaping Video Contest

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Deadline for Submission Extended to November 6, 2020

(The senior Class of 2020 and incoming Freshman Class of 2024 may submit by new deadline)

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is sponsoring a contest for high school students to develop anti-vaping videos that will appeal to youth. Students are to create and submit a 25- to 45-second video to address the dangers and negative effects of vaping and e-cigarette use. Three videos and a People’s Choice Award winner will be selected to receive prize money, in the form of scholarships paid into the Ohio 529 College Savings Award, College Advantage.* Any video submissions may be used in statewide media campaigns.

Award amounts

The top three prizes will be awarded December 2020, at an ODH sponsored virtual event. A $2,000 people’s choice winner will be chosen by the attendees of the event on the day of the event. All judging decisions, for scored prize levels and for the people’s choice award, are final. 

*Prizes will be awarded as an Ohio 529 College Savings Award, College Advantage. The student winner(s) will be the named beneficiary who will use the savings award for any higher education expenses at any federally accredited, four-year college or university, two-year community college, trade or vocational school, apprenticeship, or certificate program across the country. The award can be used to cover tuition, fees, room and board, books, computers, or supplies. If a student decides not to attend college, funds can be withdrawn. Federal and state taxes may apply if funds are not used for educational purposes.

Anti-Vaping Video Contest Details

The Anti-Vaping Video Contest Details page contains important information about Contest Eligibility, How to Enter, Judging Criteria, Submission Rules, and Guidelines for Submission.

Click here for the details.

Anti-Vaping Video Contest Entry Form

In order to participate in the ODH Anti-Vaping Video contest, each entrant must complete the ODH Anti-Vaping Contest Entry form. If you are working as a team, you will need to submit the names of each team member. A team member is anyone who was a significant part of the idea creation, filming, editing, or other video production activities. Each team member is required to submit an ODH Anti-Vaping Video Entry Form, and must also submit a Model Release Form if they are a part of the on-screen talent in the video. All team member entry forms must be submitted together as one package. All students under age 18 must have a parent/guardian sign these forms.

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Anti-Vaping Video Model Release Form

Any person who appears in the ODH Anti-Vaping Video Contest entry video must sign an ODH Anti-Vaping Video Model Release Form, which is to be submitted with registration materials. All individuals who appear must be identified by name and role on the submission form. Without signed release from all individuals who appear in the video, the entry will be disqualified.

Click here for the form.


Video must include information from reputable sources such as:

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes - Link
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides quick facts on the risks of e-cigarettes for teens and young adults -  Link
  • The Surgeon General’s Advisory reports on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth -  Link
  • The Ohio Department of Health provides facts about electronic cigarettes/JUUL, what you can do about it, the marketing efforts, resources and vaping science - Link
  • The Ohio Department of Health provides information about Tobacco resources - Link
  • The Truth Initiative provides information on E-cigarettes facts, stats and regulations - Link
  • Smokefee.gov provides facts about What We Know About Electronic Cigarettes - Link
  • The FDA U.S. Food & Drug agency provides information on Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) - Link
  • The American Lung Association answers what you need to know about e-cigarettes - Link

Additional resources

10 Quick Tips for Creating Compelling Videos