Although tobacco rates have been decreasing, electronic cigarette use has been increasing. E-cigarettes come in many forms and sizes, but most have a battery, heating element, and a place to hold a liquid. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm development of the brain. By heating the liquid element, e-cigarettes produce an aerosol. This aerosol can contain harmful substances including ultra fine particles that can be inhaled into the lungs, cancer-causing chemicals, and heavy metals such as lead.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Tobacco Prevention Program promotes education on the history of electronic cigarettes, what can be done, and resources available. If in need of a presentation or more education please refer to the provided resources or contact Safa Ibrahim at 419.213.4120 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources to Quit:
- My Life, My Quit (Ohio Tobacco Quit Line), to help youth quit vaping. To enroll, text or call 1-855-891-9989 or visit mylifemyquit.com
- This is Quitting (Truth Initiative), a free text message program created by youth, college students and young adults who have attempted or successfully quit electronic cigarette use. Youth and young adults can access this quitting probram by texting “DITCHJUUL” TO 88709. Parents and adults looking to help youth quit should text “QUIT” to 202-899-7550
- Ohio Tobacco Quitline, provides cessation services to youth and young adults. 1-800-784-8669, 1-800-QUIT-NOW