FAST FACTS FOR T(W)EENS ABOUT VAPING
- Vaping is not safer than cigarette smoking.
- Most vapes contain very high amounts of nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals.
- Vaping can cause injury to your brain, lungs and bones.
- Vaping can impact breathing, athletic performance and mood.
- Vaping does not help with anxiety or depression; it makes it worse.
FREE RESOURCES FOR T(W)EENS
The History of Vapes
E-cigarettes were introduced to the US market in 2007. Since that time, they have evolved from being marketed as a way for cigarette smokers to quit to easy-to-hide disposable vapes that are highly addictive, especially for youth.
The Health Impacts of Youth Vaping
Vaping impacts the brains, lungs and bones of adolescents. Nicotine exposure can harm the developing brain (which doesn’t fully develop until age 28) and lead to addiction, memory loss, mood disorders and reduced impulse control. Vaping also can lead to bone and lung disorders in young bodies.
How Do Kids Get Vapes?
Although vaping under the age of 21 is illegal in the US and Idaho, Idaho youth still manage to acquire vape products. Many vapes are found via social media channels and are sold by adults. Often it is unclear what is contained in these “street vapes”.
Brogan's Story: Vaping Almost Killed Me
Brogan was a typical teen from southwest Idaho who liked to dirt bike, hang out with friends and bowling until a grand mal seizure landed him in the local hospital. Doctors said the seizure was brought on by vaping. Did Logan believe it? Hear from Brogan why he thinks vaping almost killed him.
How to Hide a Vape
Vapes have been designed to be easily disguised and don’t have the smoke or smell associated with combustible cigarettes. According to Idaho teens and prevention experts, kids are vaping in classrooms and in front of their parents. Find out what vapes look like and how easy they are to hide.
Quitting and Vape Prevention
1 in 5 Idaho teens has tried vaping at least once. Idaho teens say that vapes are everywhere. But experts say the best way to prevent your child from vaping is to talk to them about the dangers of vaping as early as possible.
BE A QUITTER - GET FREE HELP
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- Project Filter: Idaho-based resources to help you quit using tobacco through a quit plan and access to expert quit coaches and eCoaches at projectfilter.org.
- 2-1-1 Idaho Care Line: Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588 to find classes nearby to help you quit using tobacco. Your local health district provides FREE classes.
- Quit Now: Web-based coaching to quit using tobacco. Chat online at quitnow.net or call 1-866-784-8454.
- This Is Quitting: From the national TRUTH initiative. Teens and young adults can join for free by texting DITCHVAPE to 88709.
- Start My Quit: A free and confidential program with specially trained coaches that will help you quit vaping, smoking or chewing via phone, chat, or text at mylifemyquit.com.
- 1-800-QUIT-NOW: A confidential service that allows you to talk directly to expert quit coaches trained to guide and support you to quit using tobacco. Call 1-800-784-8669.
- N-O-T for Me: My Path to Quit: Proven teen smoking and vaping cessation program by the American Lung Association. Self-guided, mobile-friendly online program.