For Youth: Tips to Quit Vaping
  • Quitting vaping can be easier when you prepare in advance and have a plan. Find out what steps you can take to get ready to quit vaping from Smokefree Teens.
  • In the wake of the U.S. Surgeon General declaring a youth e-cigarette epidemic, Truth Initiative® has expanded its quit-smoking resources to include a first-of-its kind e-cigarette quit program.
  • E-cigarettes are not currently approved by the FDA as a cessation aid for adults or youth. 
  • Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is the only FDA-approved method for adult nicotine addiction treatment. Currently, the FDA has not approved NRT for youth under 18 years old, but youth can access all forms of NRT with a prescription from a healthcare provider.
  • If you are a teen or young adult who is trying to quit nicotine, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or call a help line:
    • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resources available to help you quit smoking: call the quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW), use the quitSTART app, sign up for free texts and find social support.
Know the Facts

In Los Angeles County, 1 in 10 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. Use increases nationally, with 1 in 5 high school students reporting e-cigarette use.

But here in the Beach Cities, youth use is even higher than the Los Angeles County rate.

  • 1 in 8 11th graders report using electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other vaping devices in the past 30 days
  • 2 in 3 11th graders report it is fairly easy or very easy to obtain e-cigarettes or vaping devices
The Dangers of Vaping

As of February 18, 2020, 2,807 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported to the CDC. Sixty-eight deaths have been confirmed in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Individuals less than 18 years of age accounted for 15% of these cases. 

The liquid in vapes can contain:

  • Nicotine, the highly addictive drug found in cigarettes
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive mind-altering compound found in marijuana that produces the “high”

Parents, you’re the most important influence in your child’s life. Talk to them about the dangers of vaping today.

Information Sourced From
California Health Kids Survey, 2021-22

Tips to Talk About It
  • Always keep conversations open and honest
  • Come from a place of love, even when you’re having a tough conversation
  • Provide positive reinforcement
  • It’s never too early – or too late – to start the conversation
  • Parents, find tips to have the conversation
Offer Help
  • Find cessation resources here.
  • Find mental health and substance use resources and referrals here.
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Information Sourced From:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
About Electronic Cigarettes 
Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping 
Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth
California Healthy Kids Survey, 2018-19