Information and Resources on Vaping

What is vaping?
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as “vapor,” produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. These devices are also known as e-cigs, vapes, vape pens, JUULs,  or mods.

What is being put in these devices?
They are used with a liquid containing just flavoring, and/or varying levels of nicotine, or can be used with a THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana) oil.  Liquids often come in flavors appealing to kids such as cotton candy and peach ring.

How prevalent is vaping?
Vaping devices are more commonly used than traditional cigarettes by teens. In York County, 1 in 3 high school aged youth report having ever tried one (Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, 2017).

Isn’t it just harmless “water vapor” being released?
Vaping devices allow the user to make large clouds that many think are just water vapor, but are in fact an “aerosol mist.” The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead. Because of secondhand exposure concerns, in 2015 Maine passed a law banning the use of these devices in places smoking is already banned. 

Can other substances besides nicotine be vaped?
Yes, marijuana can also be vaped. This can be done by either using a concentrated oil or simply placing the marijuana inside the device (not all devices allow this).
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How to Effectively Talk About Marijuana with Your Son or Daughter 

Resources for schools to use in the classroom:

School policy toolkit:

  • Tobacco-Free School Toolkit  The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, in collaboration with the Maine CDC, put together this toolkit on school tobacco policy. The toolkit includes policy checklists and recommended language, including how vaping can be addressed.

Resources for parents:

Youth-specific cessation resources:

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