Deep breath. You’re in a judgement-free space. Find facts about vaping and the support you need to quit.
Almost all e-cigs contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can actually harm your brain. It’s so addictive that it can distract you from the important things, like achieving your goals and personal growth. See: Think E-Cigs Can’t Harm Teens’ Health?
And once you start vaping, stopping isn’t easy. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include irritability, restlessness, anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, problems concentrating and…craving more nicotine! That’s how they get you. See: Change in mental health after smoking cessation: systematic review and meta-analysis
Some people turn to vaping to ease their stress or anxiety, but being caught up in this cycle of addiction can actually create more stress in their lives.
A highly addictive substance that harms adolescent brain development. See: Think E-Cigs Can’t Harm Teens’ Health?
Inhaled deep into the lungs and pose more serious health risks than fine particles. See: Nicotine and ultrafine particles: Reasons to worry about e-cig-induced heart attacks
Chemicals like diacytel that can lead to popcorn lung and other serious diseases. See: E-cigarette and food flavoring diacetyl alters airway cell morphology, inflammatory and antiviral response, and susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2
Volatile organic compounds, which can cause breathing difficulties, nausea, nervous system damage and cancer. See: Comparison of Systemic Exposure to Toxic and/or Carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) during Vaping, Smoking, and Abstention
Cancer-causing chemicals including acetaldehyde and formaldehyde. See: Daily exposure to formaldehyde and acetaldehyde and potential health risk associated with use of high and low nicotine e-liquid concentrations
Metals like nickel, tin and lead that can damage functioning of lungs, brain, liver, kidneys and other organs. See: E-cigarettes expose users to toxic metals such as arsenic, lead
The Tobacco Industry has been targeting young people for decades. They’ve tried everything: using celebrities in their advertising, offering products in flavors that appeal to youth, and selling products in stores near schools and parks. See: 8 of the Top Strategies Big Tobacco Used to Target Kids with E-Cigarettes
Flavored commercial tobacco products are especially suspect. More than 80% of youth who ever tried commercial tobacco say they started with a flavored product. According to the FDA, nearly all youth who started using e-cigs did so with a flavored product. This is by design. See: Flavored Commercial Tobacco Products
E-cigs aren’t just bad for your physical and mental health—they hurt the planet, too. The environmental toll of these products is vast and far reaching. Throughout their lifecycle, tobacco products contribute to:
Vaping doesn’t just cost you your health—it costs money. Around $1,500 a year, in fact. See: How Much Does Vaping Cost Individuals and Employers? If you had that on hand today, what would you put it towards?
My Life, My Quit is a program to help Minnesota teens ages 13–17 quit commercial tobacco and nicotine, including vaping. The program is free and confidential.
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