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Parent and Guardian Resource Guide:
What are E-Cigarettes?
E-cigarettes, e-cigs, vapes, or vape pens, are all different names for the same battery-operated device that people use to inhale nicotine, flavoring, or other chemicals. They often look like cigarettes, pipes, pens, or USB memory sticks, as can be seen below.
Can they help you stop smoking?
Some people think that e-cigarettes can help you stop smoking, but actually, there is not enough science to prove this.1 A study showed that students who have used e-cigarettes by the time they start 9th grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products within the next year, suggesting that e-cigarettes may actually encourage cigarette smoking in adolescents.2
What are the health effects?
The nicotine that can be found in e-cigarettes is absorbed into your bloodstream when inhaled, which then goes to your adrenal glands, located above your kidneys.1 These glands release adrenaline which increases your blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate.1 Nicotine exposure during adolescence and young adulthood can cause addiction and harm the developing brain. Addiction occurs because over time, the nicotine can change the way your brain works. If you stop using it, your body can get confused and you can start to feel really sick. This makes it hard to stop using these products even when you know it's bad for you.1
Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including:
- ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs3
- flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease3
- volatile organic compounds3
- heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead3
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Cessation Resources for Youth & Young Adults
My Life, My Quit
At My Life, My Quit we share the truth about nicotine, vaping and other tobacco products. 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.
My Life, My Quit is always free and confidential. Start My Quit. For more information visit: https://mylifemyquit.com/
This is Quitting
For Youth and Young Adults:
This is Quitting is a free mobile program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. To enroll, teens and young adults text DITCHJUUL to 88709.
Cessation Resources for Adults
Are you a parent of a young person who vapes? Parents can text QUIT to (202) 899-7550 to sign up to receive text messages designed specifically for parents of vapers.
If you are an adult looking for support to quit vaping or stop using any tobacco product, our free digital quit smoking platform BecomeAnEX offers comprehensive web and mobile tools. Parents of vapers can also sign up for BecomeAnEX, where they can indicate that they are a parent of a young person who vapes, and access a supportive online community and a full interactive website of information about how nicotine addiction works and different approaches to quit. Register now at BecomeAnEX.org.
For more information visit: https://truthinitiative.org/thisisquitting
1. National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
2. National Institutes on Health: national Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens. Tobacco, Nicotine, & E-Cigarettes.
3. U.S. Surgeon General. Know the Risks. E-Cigarettes and Young People.
4. Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Vapes and Cigarettes. Different products. Same dangers.