TEENS Vaping and E-Cigarettes

 

Anyone who says vaping is safe is just blowing smoke....



It tastes good, it gives a nice buzz, it's safer than a "real" cigarette, it's not addictive, it's what all the kids are doing, it's cheap, my brother does it, it looks cool...

Chances are if you are a teenager living in 2020, you have either thought these things or heard these things about vaping and e-cigarette use.

Take a look at tobacco use patterns among teens


Saying NO to peer pressure is challenging, but educating yourself on the risks and dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes just may save your life.



Read these TIPS FOR TEENS 

Look at what it does to your body!



Important reasons to quit vaping now


Long term health effects: All of the long-term health consequences of vaping are unknown. Smoking and vaping can also put your body at higher risk of catching COVID-19 and make it harder to fight off the infection.
Addiction: Addiction in the growing brain may set up pathways for later addiction to other substances.
Brain risks: Did you know that up until the age of 25 your brain is still growing ? Using nicotine can affect your brain development and make it harder to focus and learn. 
Use of other tobacco products: If you use e-cigarettes and vape, it is more likely that you will interested and likely to experiment with other other tobacco products, like regular cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and smokeless tobacco. 
Toxins/ Poisons: Contrary to what you've been told, the vapor made from e-cigarettes is not made of water. This vapor contains harmful chemicals and very fine particles that are inhaled into the lungs and exhaled into the environment.
Physical Activity: As a young person you want to be your healthiest self and do your best in sports. Vaping and-cigarette use may irritate and hurt your lungs. 
Money: Vaping is expensive! The cost of the cartridges over time starts to add up. Instead, you could spend that money on other enjoyable things.
To go against tobacco company advertising: Many e-cigarettes are made by the same companies that produce regular cigarettes. Their marketing targets young people by making fun flavors for e-cigarettes and showing young, healthy people vaping. They're trying to make you into their new, lifetime customer.

Need help quitting?

Quitting vapes or other tobacco/nicotine products is hard. Here are some ways to get the support you need:

  • My Life, My Quit™ has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. For more information or to sign up online, visit mylifemyquit.com.
  • Visit teen.smokefree.gov for tools and tips to help you quit.
  • Ask for help from your school nurse or counselor, athletic coach, doctor, parent or other trusted adult.
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