Vaping Resources

Friday, October 9, 2020

Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of vaping and where to get help to quit. 

The Facts.

   E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks.  Below are a few key facts, be sure check out more here or at one of the many resources listed below.  

  • E-Cigarettes/Vaping are not safe for youth, young adults, and pregannt women, as well as adults who do not current use tobacco products. 
  • The aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine; ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.
  • Some studies show that non-smoking youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try conventional cigarettes in the future than non-smoking youth who do not use e-cigarettes.
  • In 2018,1 in 5 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past month.
  • As of Feb 2020, 68 deaths were attributed to EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury) across the US. 
  • Teenagers and young adults who vape face a much higher risk of COVID-19 than their peers who do not vape, a new study has found.

Want to quit? Try one of these free resources: 

  • My Life My Quit from the PA Free Quitline
    • Text "Start My Quit" to 855.891.9989 or call to talk with a coach who is ready to listen and cheer you on. It's YOUR LIFE and we're here to help you live it YOUR WAY
  • This Is Quitting from Truth
    • Teens and young adults can join for free by texting DITCHJUUL to 88709
  • Make A Vaping Quit Plan  from SmokeFreeTeen.gov
    • Take Back Control. Make Your Quit Plan.
  • In person, Virtual, and Group quit programs are available in some areas.
    • Contact Us to find a program near you! 

Learn more by checking out some of these great resources: