What is the Big Deal About Vaping?
One of our areas of focus is to prevent and reduce youth use of e-cigarettes.
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.
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.
Fall 2019 Health Advisory and Quit Resources For Youth
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.
Nicotine Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms:
Feeling irritable, restless or jittery
Feeling sad or down
Feeling tired or groggy
Having trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
Having trouble sleeping
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.