What is the Big Deal About Vaping?

One of our areas of focus is to prevent and reduce youth use of e-cigarettes.

 
 
In Stoughton our rates of cigarette and E-cigarette use are lower or comparable to the State. This is good news. However, our e-cigarette rates far exceed our low smoking rates. Students perceive e-cigs to be safer and cooler than traditional cigarettes.

In Stoughton our rates of cigarette and E-cigarette use are lower or comparable to the State. This is good news. However, our e-cigarette rates far exceed our low smoking rates. Students perceive e-cigs to be safer and cooler than traditional cigarettes.

www.getoutraged.org

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Vaping is a growing trend among teens across the country

Vaping (Electronic cigarette) products are very high tech and sometimes hard to pick out. These are some of the products used by students in Stoughton.

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Quick facts about Vaping

  • Vaping is inhaling / exhaling the aerosol (sometimes called vapor) produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.

  • E-cigs / vaping devices produce AEROSOL (not water vapor) which contains harmful substances including nicotine, cancer causing chemicals and diacetyl the flavoring linked to “popcorn lung”.

  • Nicotine impacts the developing adolescent brain. Nicotine exposure in youth can lead to: lower impulse control, depression or mood disorders, disruption of the brain circuits that control learning and increased risk for future addiction to other drugs.

  • E-cigs can also be used to vape other substances, like marijuana.

  • Learn more:

 
 

Fall 2019 Health Advisory and Quit Resources For Youth

CDC Health Advisory: Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Using E-Cigarette Products

  • Youth and young adults should not use e-cigarette products.

  • Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette products.

  • If you do use e-cigarette products, you should not buy these products off the street (for example, e-cigarette products with THC or other cannabinoids).

  • You should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.

New FDA Webpage on Respiratory Illnesses Associated with Use of Vaping Products

Nicotine Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Feeling irritable, restless or jittery

  • Having headaches

  • Increased sweating

  • Feeling sad or down

  • Feeling anxious

  • Feeling tired or groggy

  • Having trouble thinking clearly or concentrating

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • Feeling hungry

  • Having intense cravings for e-cigarettes/tobacco

My Life, My Quit is a free resource to help youth quit vaping. Massachusetts promotional materials coming soon. Teens can call or text “start my quit” to 1.855.891.9989 or they can visit www.mylifemyquit.com for real-time coaching.

Smokefree Teen – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This is Quitting – An e-cigarette quit program from the Truth Initiative

 

Check out this episode of U-Knighted for a Healthy Stoughton where Mary Cole from the Greater Boston Tobacco Free Partnership shares current info on teens and vaping.