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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Resources for schools to use in the classroom:
- Stanford Medicine Tobacco Prevention Toolkit free resource from Stanford Medicine with downloadable presentations, worksheets and activities to use in the classroom. Includes sample curriculum plans and subject-relevant materials.
- The Real Cost of Vaping: Understanding the Dangers of Teen E-Cigarette Use free resource from Scholastic and the FDA.
- E-Cigarettes: What You Need To Know free resource from Scholastic.
- Sidekicks Program This program trains Maine youth to talk to their peers about tobacco use and vaping using non-judgmental language and motivational interviewing principles.
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:
- Vaping 101 for Parents and Caretakers presentation recording recording of a presentation from FCD Prevention Works and Stanford. You will need to enter your name and email address to access.
- Vaping 101 for Parents and Caretakers the slides from this webinar.
- How to Talk With Your Kids About Vaping a guide from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids on how to talk about vaping.
- Talk With Your Teen About E-Cigarettes: A Tip Sheet For Parents how to start the conversation, from the US Surgeon General.
- The Teen Vaping Trend: What Parents Need To Know the essentials from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
- Your Teen Is Underestimating The Health Risks Of Vaping an article from Yale Medicine.
- Learn more about vaping check out Choose To Be Healthy’s vaping playlist for parents on YouTube!
Youth-specific cessation resources:
- This is Quitting from the Truth Initiative includes a text to quit line and other support for youth.
- Nicotine, Vaping & Tobacco Intervention, A Supportive Workbook For Youth can be used one on one by a school staff to help a youth who uses vape devices learn about the harms of their behavior as well as ways to help them stop using. It can be used as a first step as part of a disciplinary process as well. FMI, contact the Developer, Lee Anne Dodge at Portland Schools.
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