For Youth: Tips to Quit Vaping
  • 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 from Smokefree Teens.
  • In the wake of the U.S. Surgeon General declaring a youth e-cigarette epidemic, Truth Initiative® has expanded its quit-smoking resources to include a first-of-its kind e-cigarette quit program.
  • E-cigarettes are not currently approved by the FDA as a cessation aid for adults or youth. 
  • Nicotine patches are the only FDA-approved method for youth nicotine addiction treatment.
  • If you are a teen or young adult who is trying to quit nicotine, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or call a help line:
    • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resources available to help you quit smoking: call the quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW), use the quitSTART app, sign up for free texts and find social support.
Know the Facts

In Los Angeles County, 1 in 10 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. Use increases nationally, with 1 in 5 high school students reporting e-cigarette use.

But here in the Beach Cities, youth use is even higher than the national rate.

  • 1 in 4 11th graders reported using electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other vaping devices in the past 30 days
  • 4 in 5 11th graders reported it is fairly easy or very easy to obtain e-cigarettes or vaping devices
The Dangers of Vaping

As of January 21, 2020, 2,711 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported to the CDC. Sixty deaths have been confirmed in 27 states and the District of Columbia.

Vapes contain:

  • Nicotine, the highly addictive drug found in cigarettes
  • Flavoring like diacetyl, a chemical that has been linked to serious lung disease
  • Cancer-causing chemicals and other harmful substances

Parents, you’re the most important influence in your child’s life. Talk to them about the dangers of vaping today.

Tips to Talk About It
  • Always keep conversations open and honest
  • Come from a place of love, even when you’re having a tough conversation
  • Provide positive reinforcement
  • It’s never too early – or too late – to start the conversation
  • Parents, find tips to have the conversation
Offer Help
  • Find cessation resources here.
  • Find mental health and substance use resources and referrals here.
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Upcoming Events
  • Families Connected Parent Chat
    Families Connected Parent Chat is held every Monday and is a free support group led by a licensed professional from the Thelma McMillen Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. This free support group is open to all parents. No registration necessary.

    Every Monday, 10-11 a.m. 
    Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave. Suite 102, Redondo Beach

  • Families Connected Speaker Series: “Vaping in 2020: What Parents Need to Know” by Sarah Grippa​

    The Families Connected Speaker Series is presented in partnership with Beach Cities Health District, South Bay Families Connected, Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District. On behalf of all of our partners, Beach Cities Health District thanks Sarah Grippa for her informative presentation. For more information on vaping, please visit www.bchd.org/vaping. For parenting resources, please visit www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org.

    Thursday, March 12
    6:30-8 p.m.
    VIDEO PRESENTATION AVAILABLE AT https://www.gotostage.com/channel/5a74b3e2a597417da0672954469caf2e

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