GAME OVER for TEEN VAPING!

Although most of our attention has been commandeered by the current situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), we must still be aware of the issues, dangers, and harmful effects that are still very present concerning teen vaping.

Teens’ brains are not yet fully developed, and most vape products contain nicotine. Nicotine is a chemical that boosts the levels of dopamine (the “feel good” hormone) in the brain which is what makes it highly addictive. Having constant large boosts of dopamine levels through the action of vaping can interfere with the chemistry of a teen’s developing brain where they can no longer properly function–learning, memory, attention and behavior can be permanently and negatively affected. Furthermore, vaping can slowly decrease other aspects of one’s physical health. The vapor in e-cigarette products can contain toxic chemicals and particles that can damage the lungs and increase the risk of lung cancer and other lung diseases.

Check out this PSA to see how vaping can affect teens!

If your child or a child you know is unable to stop vaping, please contact the child’s health care provider, school counselor, or other trusted professional to discuss ways to help them quit. You can also check out some of these resources below:

Truth Initiative®

Text “QUIT” to (202) 804-9884

This is Quitting

BecomeAnEX®

Text “DITCHJUUL” to 887-09

Georgia Tobacco Quitline (GTQL): 1-877-270-STOP (877-270-7867)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

 The National Cancer Institute Quitline: 877-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848)