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.

Information and Resources

Students Who Smoke or Vape: A Red Flag for Supports

Washington Department of Health

Vaping Associated Lung Injury

The Washington Department of Health is working with local health jurisdictions as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarettes and vapor products. Click the button below for information specific to Washington State.

The CDC has reported 2,711 documented cases nationally, including 60 deaths (as of January 21, 2020). They urge health care professionals to report possible cases of unexplained vaping-associated pulmonary illness to their state/local health department. Visit the CDC website for the most up to date information and what is being done. 

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.

View PDF in Spanish

American Academy of Pediatrics

Vaping, JUUL, and E-Cigarettes Presentation Toolkit

This toolkit contains a PowerPoint presentation, printable documents, and related resources about vaping, JUUL, and e-cigarettes.

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.

OSPI

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.

Surgeon General

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.

American Academy of Pediatrics

E-Cigarettes: Resources for Pediatricians and Families

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides an “E-Cigarettes” resource web page with quick facts, information on nicotine replacement therapy and supporting addicted youth, printable fact sheets for clinicians, pediatricians, and parents, plus a link to their video presentation, “E-Cigarettes: A Public Health Crisis”. 

American Academy of Pediatrics

Supporting Youth Who Are Addicted to Nicotine: Advice for Pediatricians

This factsheet provides tools to support professionals working with youth and teens who indicate a nicotine addiction. Conversation guides, addiction level assessment tools, cessation supports, and health guidance.

Quitting Resources

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.

Get the Facts about Vaping/JUULing

Vaping/JUULing

Vaping

AKA:
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
(1-866-833-6546)
Available 6pm–10pm PST

Teen Talk: 360-397-2428
Available Monday –Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 4-7pm PST

Where to go for more info

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