Minnesota High school students are invited to create and submit a 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) video to educate their peers on the dangers of vaping. Submissions will be entered into a competition for cash prizes.


  • First place - $500 for entrant and $500 for their school or organization

  • Second place - $250 for the entrant and $250 for their school or organization

  • Third place - $150 for the entrant

  • Fourth place - $100 for the entrant

  • Fifth place - $50 for the entrant

  • NOTE - The first 500 students to submit a video entry will each receive a small prize.

Selection of Winning Videos

Each submission will be reviewed by a team of youth and adult judges. The youth judges will then select a group of five finalist entries. A list of finalists will be posted on the Escape the Vape website and online voting will be used to determine the final list of winners. Voting will be open to the public at the Escape the Vape website on March 9, 2021.

Finalist videos will be featured on the Escape the Vape website. Videos can be funny or serious, but should focus on educating teens about the harmful effects of vaping nicotine. The team of judges will select finalists based on creativity, originality, and the ability to convey the dangers of vaping to a youth audience.

Finalists videos must be:

  • Creative and original

  • Technically sound and accurate.

  • Include content that conveys at least one key message and one call to action about the dangers of vaping from the list provided.

How to Enter


We want to make sure your video qualifies for the contest, so we are starting with the rules for content and format of the video entries. Videos that do not meet these criteria will be disqualified and will not be judged.

  1. Entrants must be Minnesota students in grades 9-12.

  2. Videos must be created by the entrant students, not their parents or other adults. The Challenge can be part of a class or youth program, but video entries must be student work.

  3. Videos containing language or images of the human body that would be inappropriate for a general audience, including small children, will be disqualified.

  4. Videos must not infringe on third party rights. Use of commercially produced music, video, and images (e.g. logos) are not permitted.

  5. Entrants (and their parent or guardian) must agree to all terms and conditions of this entry form.

  6. Videos must not exceed 30 seconds in length.

  7. Videos must include at least one key message and one call to action about the dangers of vaping from the list provided.

  8. Videos must be uploaded on the submission form. (See Step Two: Make it Official)

  9. One entry may be submitted (you can submit a video either as an individual ​or​ as part of one group submission).

  10. Video entries may be submitted in languages other than English.

  11. Videos must have a unique title. Do not call your video “Escape the Vape Challenge.”


  • Complete the entry form online and submit.

  • Upload your video and include a link to your video in your entry form.

  • Your video title must match the title submitted on your entry form.

  • You can complete the entry form and submit your video ​starting February 1, 2021​. Videos must be submitted no later than ​February 28, 2021 by 4:30 p.m.​ CST.


  • Online public voting will take place from March 9, 2021 - March 23, 2021.

  • Finalists are strongly encouraged to promote their video to friends, family, and classmates during this time and encourage them to cast a vote at ​ The voting link will be live at a future date.

  • Winners will be announced on March 24, 2021.

Important Safety Notice

Safety should be the highest priority. Video participants should not be exposed to, or use vaping products. Do not film a vaping device in use. Videos that contain a vaping device in use or being used will be disqualified.

The Minnesota Department of Health and other Escape the Vape Video Challenge sponsors take no responsibility and assume no liability for any omissions, acts or damages that may result from the preparing of materials to submit to this contest. Teen producers should safely conduct their projects and avoid potentially dangerous production situations that put crew, actors, or the public at risk.


For questions, email Abdi at Frequent questions and their answers will be posted on the Escape the Vape Video Challenge website. Check the website often for the most up-to-date ​information.

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