Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol, often referred to as “vapor,” produced by a vape or e-cigarette. Vapes and e-cigarettes are the same thing, though young people tend to use the term “vapes” instead of “e-cigarettes.” Vaping has become more popular among teens than regular cigarettes, especially given that they are rechargeable, easy to hide, and have a quickly disappearing aerosol.
Until about age 25, the brain is still growing. Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people's brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Because addiction is a form of learning, adolescents can get addicted more easily than adults. The nicotine in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products can also prime the adolescent brain for addiction to other drugs such as cocaine. - The U.S. Surgeon General
Resources for Parents
Are you a parent of a young person who vapes? Parents can text QUIT to 847-278-9715 to sign up to receive text messages designed specifically for parents of vapers.
For more information on the dangers of vaping please, visit the links below:
- ParentUp KC Vaping Information
- Catch My Breath Parent Toolkit
- How to Identify Signs of Youth Vaping and Nicotine Addiction
- Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents
- Communication Guide
Resources for Students
Quitting vaping can be easier when you prepare in advance and have a plan. Find out what steps you can take to get ready to quit vaping.
Teens and young adults can join for free by texting DITCHVAPE to 88709
Be Vape Free (Elementary School)
Vaping Risks Revealed (Middle School)
Empower Yourself and Others to Be Vape Free (High School)