Congratulations to all MN high school teens who submitted a video for our Escape The Vape video promotion.

We are proud to announce our first-place winner "Vaping is Not Sweet" submitted by Ashley Zhou, a 9th-grade student at Wayzata High School.

Ashley wins a $500 prize for herself and also wins $500 for her school. See below for all the videos and our other winners.

1st Place: Vaping is Not Sweet - Ashley Zhou - 9th grade - Wayzata High School

2nd: Not Your Everyday Teacup Pig - Quinn Hendel - 9th grade - Henry Sibley.

3rd: Awkward Way to Spend a Saturday - Arielle Pickerign - 12th grade - Minnehaha Academy

4th: Everything is Broken - Trevor Lien and Akshay Somayajula - 9th grade - Mounds Park Academy

5th: Vapor Danger - Andrew Lawson - 9th grade - Orono

Calling all teens

Escape the Vape is a PSA video contest that puts
the power to fight back in your hands.

Just create your vape-bashing masterpiece, upload and
you could win $500 for you and $500 for your school or organization.

Videos that contain a vaping device in use or being used will be disqualified.


Need a little inspiration for your video?
Check out some Vaping Truths to get riled up over.




About the organizations involved

Escape the Vape is a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Health, CCF Advertising, Tobacco-Free Alliance, Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota, MN Youth Council, MNAAP and Allina Health Change to Chill. While all uniquely different organizations, they’re each united in a strong desire to undo the damage vaping has done to teen health.

You can learn more about each organization here:

CCF is a Minneapolis-based advertising agency devoted to "Inspiring Change that Matters." Visit

Minnesota Department of Health exists to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. Visit

Tobacco-Free Alliance’s mission is to educate the public on the harms caused by commercial tobacco and nicotine, engage and empower youth to become tobacco prevention advocates, and support populations that have been disproportionately impacted by commercial tobacco harms. Visit

MN Youth Council is a diverse group of middle and high school students driving to create equitable systems through youth-led outreach, education and advocacy. Visit

The Masonic Cancer Center is Minnesota's Cancer Center and the only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Twin Cities. We create a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer; applying that knowledge to improve quality of life for patients and survivors; and sharing its discoveries with other scientists, students, professionals, and the community. Visit

Allina Health’s Change to Chill is a free, award-winning, mental well-being interactive website tailored to both teens and the adults who work with them. Visit

MNAAP (Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics) are Minnesota’s pediatricians and pediatric providers. And we are committed to protecting and advancing the health of every child and adolescent in Minnesota through advocacy, education and special projects. Visit

For more information about becoming an Escape the Vape sponsor, contact