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.
Recent News
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. (No Parent Chat Feb. 17)
    Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave. Suite 102, Redondo Beach

  • Students Get Real About Vaping: A Special Presentation by BCHD’s Youth Advisory Council with Q&A featuring Clear Recovery Center
    Join us for a presentation from the Youth Advisory Council on the issues our youth face around vaping and access followed by a Q&A session featuring Clear Recovery Center. All parents and students (5th grade and up) are welcome. Register Here.

    Monday, Feb. 24, 6-7:30 p.m. at Adams Middle School Library
    Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. at Manhattan Beach Unified School District Office

  • Families Connected Speaker Series: “Vaping in 2020: What Parents Need to Know” by Sarah Grippa
    Thursday, March 12
    6:30-8 p.m.
    Adams Middle School Multi-Purpose Room
    Register Here

Flavors Hook Kids Resource Guide
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Conversation Guide

Information sourced from:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
About Electronic Cigarettes 
Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping 
Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth
California Healthy Kids Survey, 2018-19