Resources for Counselors and Health Care Professionals
Establishing a safe environment where students can talk about their feelings and opinions without feeling judged can help open the door to a conversation about vaping. Really listen and let them tell you what they know.
Get the Facts about Vaping/JUULing
E-cigs, electronic cigarettes, JUULs
What is Vaping?
Vapor products produce aerosol by heating a liquid solution. Users inhale the aerosol into the lungs. There are chemicals and nicotine in the aerosol, not just water vapor.
Laws & Legal Status
The law applies to what is being vaped in an e-cig. Meaning, in Washington State, marijuana vaping is legal for adults over 21, and vaping nicotine is legal for adults over 18. As of Jan. 1, 2020 it will be illegal to sell or give tobacco or vaping products to people under age 21.
Affect on Your Developing Brain
While the brain is still developing, young people are at higher risk for long-term, long-lasting effects of exposure to nicotine, including an increased risk of addiction. Nicotine can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning.
Is it Addicting?
Yes. Nicotine is addicting to young people and adults. Young people's brains are growing faster than adult brains, and are therefore can get addicted more easily than adults.
Affect on Your Body
Scientists are still trying to understand the long-term health effects of vaping, both for users and those exposed to vaping second-hand. Vaping is known to have negative affects on respiratory health because of the harmful and potentially harmful chemicals in the e-cigs, including nicotine and other chemicals linked to lung disease.
What if someone needs help?
Teen Link: 1-866-Teenlink
Available 6pm–10pm PST
Teen Talk: 360-397-2428
Available Monday –Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 4-7pm PST
Where to go for more info
Students Who Smoke or Vape: A Red Flag for Supports
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]
Unexplained Vaping-Related Pulmonary Illness
With over one-hundred documented cases nationally (as of August 2019) the CDC urges clinicians to report possible cases of unexplained vaping-associated pulmonary illness to their state/local health department.
Washington Department of Health
Evidence on the Health Impacts of E-Cigarettes and Vaping
A rigorous and comprehensive review of the science around e-cigarettes and vaping.
American Academy of Pediatrics
JUULing: What Pediatricians and Families Need to Know
Provides an overview about what JUULing is, its characteristics and public health concerns among youth and teens.
Red Flags for Supports: Students Who Smoke or Vape
The 2018 Healthy Youth Survey shows that students who reported vaping, smoking, and using tobacco may be at increased risk for using other substances and experiencing depressive symptoms and thoughts of suicide.
Health Care Professionals: Educate Your Young Patients About the Risks of E-cigarettes
Teenagers are more likely to get information on health issues from their parents and their health care providers than from peers, the internet, or social media.
The resources below will provide information on how to quit.
Additionally, you can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to have a Quit Guide and other printed materials sent to you for free.
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