Since the beginning of this month, we have been celebrating #NoVapeNovember!
We are promoting the prevention and cessation of youth tobacco use and vaping! Vaping is much more harmful to youth than it is advertised. The countless attractive flavors described in the marketing of these tobacco companies and the normality of smoking in media (i.e., tv shows, movies, social media, music, etc.) do not help either. Most vapes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, especially to the developing teenage brain. Vaping and tobacco use can negatively alter the teenage brain to be inefficient without nicotine leading to addiction, and the smoking itself can negatively affect one’s lungs and other organs. For more facts on the harms and dangers of youth tobacco use and vaping, click the link below:
We encourage all parents/guardians to talk with their child(ren) early and often regarding these topics because research has shown that having these conversations early and often can influence youth to not engage in tobacco use and vaping–this is especially true when parents voice their disapproval. So, in celebration of #NoVapeNovemebr, have the conversation with your child TODAY about the harms and health consequences of vaping!
If your child or a child you know is currently vaping/smoking and unable to stop, 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 other resources below:
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)
You can also text “TALK” to 85775 to receive other quit resources!