Vapes (sometimes called e-cigarettes) are battery powered devices that heat liquid to form an aerosol that is breathed into the lungs. There is currently a vaping epidemic--youth are vaping at incredibly high rates, and people are experiencing vaping-related serious lung disease.
Do you or someone you know vape? Are you looking for resources to quit? Start here.
Get the Facts:
- A single vape pod can contain the nicotine of a pack of cigarettes.
- What else is in vapes besides nicotine?
- Ultra-fine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, flavoring such as diacetyl (a chemical linked to a serious lung disease), volatile organic compounds, cancer-causing chemicals, heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead
- Nicotine can escalate anxiety, mood swings and learning difficulties.
- Nicotine is one of the most toxic of all poisons.
Vapes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products—flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol. Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs.
How to Quit:
- Go to www.thisisquitting.com for a mobile, text-message program...including texts from other teens who have tried, or are trying, to quit!
CenCal Health members: you can also get no-cost quit medications with a prescription from your Primary Care Provider. Need help? Call Member Services at 1-877-814-1861 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
To view the Member Handbook, click here.