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Vaping Resources for Parents

Vaping Resources for Parents/Guardians

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared e-cigarette use among youth and teens an epidemic and the Centers for Disease Control is currently investigating a multi-state incidence of severe pulmonary disease and illnesses associated with the use of e-cigarette products. 

The following information is being shared with parents/guardians so you can be aware of an issue that is affecting the health and safety of children and teens throughout the country and here in our community as well. 

Know the Risks: Vaping 101 

What Is Vaping?

Vape devices, known as e-cigse-hookahsmodsvape pensvapestank systems and Juuls, contain four basic components: a cartridge or tank to hold e-liquid (or e-juice/vape sauce), a heating element known as an atomizer, a battery and a mouthpiece to inhale. A sensor detects when a person is trying to inhale. This triggers the battery to supply electricity to the atomizer. The heat given off vaporizes the e-liquid. The resulting vapor is what is inhaled. (From "The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids," www.drugfree.org.)

Some vaping devices look like pipes or obvious devices used with tobacco products, but many others resemble everyday objects that you'd find in your teen's room - like USB drives, attachments to hoodie sweatshirts, pens, and more. 

E-cigarette users are vaping a variety of substances that can include nicotine, marijuania, combinations of both, or other substances. The liquids are available in many different flavors marketed to be more enticing to young adults.  

You can learn more about vaping from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, which features a Vaping Guide for Parents/Guardians.

Additional Educational Resources for Parents/Guardians and Adults

Central York School DIstrict recognizes that vaping is a serious health and safety concern for teens and young adults. We are working to help educate not only our students, but also our parents/guardians and community on this epidemic. The resources below are offered by leading national organizations focused on health/wellness and offered to help our community learn more and take a proactive role in prevention and cessation of E-Cigarette use among youth. 

Vaping/E-Cigarette Cessation Resources 

There are many programs and resources available to help support those addicted to vaping and e-cigarettes quit, including those listed below.

The PA Department of Health Special Program for Youth Tobacco and Vaping Cessation
*Accessible via mylifemyquit.com
*Five coaching sessions by phone, live text or chat,
*Coaches help teens navigate social situations while finding healthy ways to cope with stress.
*Text or call a dedicated toll-free number for real time coaching: 1-855-891-9989

The American Lung Association Program N-O-T: Not On Tobacco Program
*10 50-minute sessions
*Learn more here: https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/helping-teens-quit/not-on-tobacco.html

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Smokefree Teen Program
*Resources, text support and more for parents/teens looking for help with vaping or tobacco addiction.
*Learn more here: https://teen.smokefree.gov/


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