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The Dangers of Vaping

 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health warns residents about the use of vaping and e-cigarette devices as potentially harmful to proper lung function and urges residents to STOP VAPING NOW. Find the latest information on The Dangers of Vaping in Los Angeles County. For the most current information nationally, visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 


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QUICK FACTS

 

What are Vapes?

Vapes, also known as e-cigarettes, are electronic devices that heat up a liquid that contains nicotine, flavorings, and other additives. The device consists of a mouthpiece, battery, a coil, and a reservoir for the e-liquid (also called e-juice). The battery heats the coil, which in turn heats e-liquid.

The liquid may contain:

  • Propylene glycol and propanediol (to suspend the flavorings, nicotine, and other additives)
  • Vegetable glycerins (to suspend the flavorings, nicotine, and other additives)
  • Flavorings
  • Menthol
  • Nicotine
  • Additives to enhance nicotine absorption

The vapor produced is an aerosol that contains chemicals or byproducts of all the e-liquid ingredients. These chemicals could be harmful to your health.


What are other names for vapes?

  • E-cigs (digital cigarette, stick style)
  • E-cigar
  • Cig-a-like (e-cig that looks like a cigarette)
  • E-hookahs
  • Vape pens
  • E-Go (larger than standard vape pen)
  • Advanced Personal Vaporizers (APVs) or mods (customizable, more powerful vaporizers)
  • Cartomizer (atomizer and cartridge in one)

Teens & Vaping

Vaping is popular among young people. Vapes are widely available; They are attractively designed and easy to disguise. E-liquids are flavored to taste good. Many people think vaping is safer than smoking. However, whether nicotine is smoked or vaped, nicotine can permanently harm teens’ brains, which continue to develop until age 25.

Vape Popularity

Vaping is popular among young people. Vapes are widely available at stores and online; h the devices are attractively designed and easy to disguise. E-liquids are flavored to taste good. Many people think vaping is safer than smoking. However, a lot of products have nicotine or other harmful substances in them that people are not aware of. Whether nicotine is smoked or vaped, nicotine can permanently harm brain health. Our brains continue to grow and develop until about the age of 25.

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Can you have nicotine withdrawal symptoms from vaping?

Yes. Physical withdrawal from nicotine can make it challenging to quit vaping. The physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are uncomfortable but not life-threatening.

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms are strongest in your first week of quitting and can last 2-4 weeks. Nicotine is completely out of your body in about 3 days. Common symptoms of withdrawal are:

  • Dizziness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Hunger
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Coughing
  • Tired
  • Headaches
  • Sleeplessness
  • Moody or easily irritated

Most nicotine cravings only last 3 to 5 minutes.

Can vapes help you quit smoking?

Vapes are not FDA approved for quitting smoking. We do not know the safety and effectiveness of vapes for quitting smoking. More research is needed to determine whether vape/e-cigarette devices are effective in helping people quit smoking.

Is there help available to quit vaping?

Yes, Kick It California offers free services and counselors to help you quit vaping:

How do I start the conversation on helping someone quit?

  • Know the facts.
  • Be patient and ready to listen.
  • Set a positive example by being tobacco and vape-free.
  • Find the right moment.
  • Share facts and resources.
  • Ask for help or support from family members or friends.
  • Connect and encourage.
  • Remind and repeat.
  • Find more ways to start the conversation:
    Parent Tip Sheet
    Hoja con consejos para los padres

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Resources

Quit Vaping – Mobile App

novapes.org/app

Quit Vaping – California Smokers’ Helpline

novapes.org

Tobacco Free California

tobaccofreeca.com/e-cigarettes

NoButts.org/COVID

nobutts.org/covid

Still Blowing Smoke

StillBlowingSmoke.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes

Kick It California 1-800-300-8086

Get free, personalized help from a Quit Coach via phone call, text message, or live chat. Previously known as the CA Smokers’ Helpline or 1-800-NO-BUTTS, Kick It California can connect you to local programs and offers the free No Butts + No Vapes mobile apps.

Kick It California – QUIT-VAPING

State and Local Cessation Resources

Get a list of available local, state and national quitting tobacco and vaping resources you need.

Tobacco Cessation Resources 2023

Cessation Clinics in Los Angeles County

Find a smoking cessation clinic near you serving in Los Angeles County.

Smoking Cessation Insurance Clinic Resources 2023

 

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