Vaping and e-cigarettes
The use of electronic, or e-cigarettes, and vaping products has been on the rise over the last several years, especially among youth, and disposal e-cigarette and vape products have become increasingly popular more recently. These products come in a variety of shapes and sizes and one of their most attractive features is the countless flavors they are available in. Rather than burning tobacco, like with traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vapes use a battery powered coil to turn a liquid solution into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user, introducing significant amounts of nicotine into their body. While these products are commonly purchased for their nicotine component, trends related to vaping tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and alcohol have also grown. Visit the links below to learn more about the consequences of vaping and resources for those who are looking to quit.
My Life, My Quit TM
A Youth Tobacco and Vaping Cessation Program
Nearly 5 million U.S. teens use tobacco and few widely available and accessible resources designed for youth exist to help them stop. As a tobacco quitline provider helping thousands of people quit tobacco every year, National Jewish Health has launched an enhanced tobacco and vaping cessation program for youth under age 18 who want to stop using tobacco products, especially electronic cigarettes like JUUL.
The My Life, My Quit program combines best practices for youth tobacco cessation adapted to include vaping and new ways to reach a coach using live text messaging or online chat. The program includes educational materials designed for youth created with youth input and through discussion with subject matter experts and community stakeholders. The My Life, My Quit specially trained coaches listen and understand youth, provide personalized support, and build relationships that promote quitting tobacco.
Coaches emphasize that the decision to stop is personal, and provide information to help cope with stress, navigate social situations, and support developing a tobacco-free identity.
The My Life, My Quit, program provides youth access to tailored resources for quitting, including:
- Youth coaches who receive special training on the best ways to build relationships with youth
- Five coaching sessions by phone, live texting or chat with a coach who will listen and help youth navigate social situations while finding healthy ways to cope with stress
- Text or call a dedicated toll-free number (1-855-891-9989) for real-time coaching
- Additional text messages for support to quit vaping, smoking, or chewing tobacco
- Simplified program registration and enrollment process to get to coaching faster
- Website (mylifemyquit.com) with online enrollment, chat with a live coach, information about vaping and tobacco, and activities to support quitting
- Promotional and educational materials designed for youth with messages from youth about quitting tobacco and vaping, and how to ask for support
- A water-marked certificate of completion of the program
The program is supported and available in Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah. For media inquiries about the program, please contact William Allstetter at 303.398.1002 or AllstetterW@NJHealth.org.
This is Quitting.
A program designed to help young people quit vaping.
The Truth Initiative’s This is Quitting program is a free and anonymous peer-to-peer text resource that is designed to help individuals between the ages 13 and 24 quit vaping. To learn more, visit truthinitiative.org/thisisquitting or text DITCHVAPE to 88709.
GET HELP TO QUIT VAPING: www.thisisquitting.com/
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