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.