On this page you will find current information and tips and tools from reputable resources to help parents, caregivers and educators understand and prevent this national health crisis.

What can parents do to curtail use? Talk early and talk often with your child about vaping. To access vaping facts and information specifically curated for teens, click on the link below. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find a link to a substance use prevention page. It’s never too early or too late to have the discussion.

 E-Cigarette Basics and Underage Use

Source:   Time Magazine  . click on image to enlarge

Source: Time Magazine. click on image to enlarge

A national health crisis

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the increase in vaping by youth in 2018 was the largest ever recorded for any substance in the 44 years that it has tracked adolescent drug use. Underage vaping has become a national health crisis.

E-cigarette basics

E-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The liquid usually has nicotine and flavoring in it, and other additives. Just like regular cigarettes, the nicotine in e-cigarettes is highly addictive. E-cigarettes are considered tobacco products because most of them deliver nicotine.

Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including:

  • ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs

  • flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease

  • volatile organic compounds

  • heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead

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Source; Surgeon General (click on image to enlarge)

Parents: Answers to Your Questions and Prevention Tools

The Surgeon General’s e-cigarette webpage offers parents an overview of the facts, information on how nicotine affects the teen brain, the trends in use, and the general health risks. Their Tip Sheet for Parents is an excellent in-depth resource.

Partnership For Drug Free Kids offers a comprehensive resource guide that will explain the culture of vaping, what the current research says, and how to have difficult conversations about vaping or juuling with your child. Click on the image to download this helpful pdf.

Click on the image to go directly to Stanford University's information page that describes what these products are and why they pose a health hazard to youth. Here you will also find outstanding evidence-based educational materials for educators and parents. 

Click on the CDC logo to go directly to an information page that describes what these products are, On this website you will also find up-to-date statistics, youth tobacco prevention resources, and more.

 Click on the smokefree.gov logo to see an overview of various tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. "Here’s the bottom line: There is no such thing as a ‘safe’ or ‘safer’ tobacco product."

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Prevention Campaigns Written for Youth

As a parent, you might hear, "It's not smoking, it's vaping!"  Or, "Don't worry. It's just juice." Our kids are being told from different sources that vaping is not as bad for them, or even healthy, relative to smoking. They need to know that with any marketing, they should always be skeptical of the information presented.

Info and Activation For Youth - The Pass On It Project

About Pass On It

The mission of the Pass On It project is to encourage teens to find their own personal and fact-based reasons to say "I'll pass" to the things that hold them back, like smoking and vaping. The project is being piloted at participating South Bay Families Connected Partner Schools.

Parents and educators may encourage teens to research the facts (see buttons below) and write about their own Top Five Reasons to Pass on Tobacco and vaping. When a good fit, parents and educators may suggest that their teen(s) share their blog for publication on the SBFC Teen blog page. Please visit the SBFC Teen blog to see past blogs and videos from youth participants. All you have to do is share the Tobacco and Vaping Facts page with a teen and encourage them to find their own reasons to say, “I’ll pass,” when it comes to vaping.

Instructions for Teens

If you’re between the ages of 14-18, we invite you to participate in the Pass On It project by finding your five personal and fact-based reasons that help you say, “I’ll pass,” when it comes to tobacco and vaping use. Whether you’ve never tried tobacco, have tried it, or are currently using, this is about reasons to consider saying no in the future. All are welcome to research the facts and define their own reasons to choose not to vape or smoke nicotine or tobacco products. 

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Smoking Cessation Help

Access the Smoke Free Teen page to download quitStart, a free smartphone app for teens who want to quit smoking, as well helpful online tools for quitting, an online chat and phone number to connect you with an expert