What is Vaping?
Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an e-cigarette or other device. These battery-powered smoking devices have cartridges filled with a liquid that contains nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals.
Is Vaping Dangerous?
Yes, vaping can cause a very serious lung disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recommends that no one use e-cigarette products, especially children, young adults and pregnant women.
People who do use e-cigarette products should watch for symptoms of lung disease, including cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fever. If you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms after vaping, get medical care right away.
Additionally, people who do choose to use e-cigarette products should not buy them off the street and should not modify e-cigarette products or add substances not intended by the manufacturer.
Is Vaping as Unhealthy as Cigarettes?
While less harsh than cigarettes, vaping still includes nicotine and other toxic chemicals. Nicotine is very addictive and can slow brain development in children and teens. Nicotine also impacts memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention and mood.
In addition, the toxins in the vapor can irritate and damage the lungs. Vaping can also lead to smoking cigarettes, other forms of tobacco use or addictions to other substances.
How can I quit or help my child quit?
Quitting can be hard, but with the right motivation you can succeed. Here are some tips:
- Ask your doctor for help.
- Learn about Molina Healthcare’s stop smoking program.
- Decide why you want to quit and write it down or put it in your phone. Look at your reasons for quitting when you get the urge to vape.
- Pick a day to quit and tell friends and family who will support you.
- Throw away all your vaping supplies.
- Understand that you will probably go through nicotine withdrawal. You may get headaches, feel tired, have trouble concentrating or sleeping, or have other symptoms. Remember, it will pass!
- If you’re a parent of a teen who is smoking or vaping, read our Tips for Parents.