E-Cigarettes/Vaping Among Teens
Vapes Down Campaign
Vaping is a serious health concern for teens and young adults. To help address this growing health issue, the Texas Department of State Health Services has launched the Vapes Down campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping. The Vapes Down campaign provides resources and tools to help educators, parents, and community leaders encourage teens not to vape.
Vaping reached epidemic status among teens in 2018, only about a decade after the devices hit the market. Some teens developed severe lung illness after vaping for a short time, while others have suffered burns, seizures, and the effects of nicotine addiction. More than 2,700 teens have been hospitalized with lung damage. Despite the dangers, vaping continues to grow in popularity. An estimated 5,700 young people start vaping every day!
Some reasons teens vape is because they believe it is safer than smoking cigarettes. Other reasons are:
- Vaping seems trendy and fashionable.
- They have friends or family members who vape.
- They like the variety of flavors.
- Vaping devices are small and easily concealed.
Millions of teens vape, but research shows most don’t know vaping exposes them to addictive and dangerous chemicals. The more you know about vaping, the better you can help teens avoid its dangers. (Texas Department of State Health Services)
Say What! Stand up. Speak up. Be tobacco-free.
Education and increasing awareness are essential to creating the first tobacco-free and nicotine-free generation. "Say What!" provides easily accessible resources to help educate students about the harmful effects of tobacco use. Visit the Say What! website.
SmokeFree Teen offers tools and tips to help youth quit vaping, cigarettes, and dip through a free text message program. The program offers one-on-one support, a quit vaping plan, a mobile app, and a support network on Instagram. Visit the SmokeFree Teen website.
This is Quitting
This is Quitting is a free mobile program designed by the Truth Initiative to help youth and young people quit vaping. The program incorporates messages from other young people who have attempted or successfully quit e-cigarettes. Visit the This is Quitting website.
Resources on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Talking to Teens About Vaping
Talk with Your Teen About E-Cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents
E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: Fact Sheet from the Surgeon General
E-Cigarettes: Talk to Youth About the Risks (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
How to Talk with Young People (U.S. Surgeon General's Office)
E-Cigarette or Vaping Products Visual Dictionary (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
How to Quit Vaping (National Cancer Institute's Smokefree Teen)
American Lung Association Programs