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Vape-free: Your lungs will thank you.

The increased use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has reversed a trend of declining teen tobacco use in Missouri. Data show nearly one in four high school students use e-cigarettes and half of these students tried to quit using tobacco products in the last year. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, a chemical that is highly addictive. Not only does the use of these products increase the risk for addiction, but it may also worsen chronic health conditions, like asthma, which puts students at risk of increased absenteeism and lower academic performance.

Vaping facts

  • Many vapes contain nicotine making them addictive
  • Vapes can contain the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish removers, weed killers, and bug spray
  • Vapes can leave young people at increased risk of depression and anxiety
  • The nicotine in 1 vape can = 50 cigarettes. Depending on the size of the vape and nicotine strength, it can be much higher
  • Young people who vape are 3 times as likely to take up smoking cigarettes
  • Vape aerosol is not water vapor
  • Vaping has been linked to lung disease.
  • Vapes can cause long-lasting damaging effects on the brain and physical development.

Below is a list of resources that you can use to talk to your child about the dangers and addictions associated with e-cigarettes. The first one showcased is an informational paper written by Senior Kelsey Crabtree.

 The Effects of Vaping  By Kelsey Crabtree

Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

Know the Risks: A Guide to E-cigarette Presentations

How to Quit Vaping




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