Tobacco

What would you gain if you quit vaping?

Text “Start My Quit” to 855-891-9989.
FREE, confidential help – Just for teens.

Extinguishing the Tobacco Epidemic in Wyoming

According to the CDC, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Over 16 million Americans have at least one disease caused by smoking. This amounts to $170 billion in direct medical costs that could be saved every year if we could prevent youth from starting to smoke and help every person who smokes to quit.

The good news is that 7 out of 10 smokers want to quit smoking!

Wyoming’s Quit Tobacco Program offers Wyoming residents free access to online quit tools, support from other tobacco users who are trying to quit, and other information to make a quit attempt easier. Individuals who use the quitline also have access to free cessation medication, as well as free counseling with live quit coaches. The likelihood of quitting is even higher when cessation medication is combined with quitline counseling. Quitting isn’t just about will power, it’s about breaking addiction. Make this quit count! Call 1-800-QUIT.NOW or visit www.quitwyo.org.

Support for Teens

The My Life, My Quit program is a free and confidential service for teens who want help quitting all forms of tobacco including vaping. Teens who participate will receive one-on-one coaching sessions, self-help and educational materials, and additional support by phone, text or online chat. Coaching helps teens develop a quit plan, identify triggers, practice refusal skills and receive ongoing support for changing behaviors. Text “Start My Quit” to 855.891.9989 or call to talk with a coach who is ready to listen and cheer you on. It’s YOUR LIFE and we’re here to help you live it YOUR WAY. My Life, My Quit is always free and confidential. 

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VAPING – KNOW THE FACTS!

What are E-cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other ingredients to the user. Using e-cigarettes is sometimes called “vaping.” E-cigarettes do not create harmless “water vapor” – they create an aerosol that can contain harmful chemicals.

E-cigarettes are known by many different names and come in many shapes and sizes.
Slang names include: e-cigs, e-hookah, vape pen, vapes, tank system, mods, e-juice, e-liquid, juice, smoke juice, and electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS). Some resemble pens, USB sticks, and other everyday items.

What are the risks for youth?
Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can:
» Harm brain development, which continues until about age 25.
» Impact learning, memory, and attention.
» Increase risk for future addiction to other drugs.
» Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to go on to use regular cigarettes.
» Many e-cigarettes come in kid-friendly flavors – including mango, fruit, and crème – which make e-cigarettes more appealing to young people.
» E-cigarette aerosol is harmful. It can contain harmful substances, including:• Nicotine • Cancer-causing chemicals • Volatile organic compounds • Ultrafine particles • Flavorings that have been linked to lung disease • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead.

You have the power to start the conversation.
Whether you are a parent, teacher, coach, or health care professional, you have an important part to play when it comes to talking to kids about the harms of e-cigarettes. Click on the links below for helpful information to teen e-cigarette use.
E-Cigarettes and Youth: What Parents Need to Know
Talk With Your Teens About E-Cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents
E-Cigarettes and Youth: What Educators and Coaches Need to Know
E-Cigarettes and Youth: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know
E-cigarettes Shaped Like USB Flash Drives: Information for Parents, Educators and Health Care Providers

Image from: tobacco21.org

On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raising the federal minimum age for sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. This legislation (known as “Tobacco 21” or “T21”) is effective immediately, and it is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product—including cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes—to anyone under 21. The new federal minimum age of sale applies to all retail establishments and persons with no exceptions.

Contact Us:
Hot Springs County Prevention Coalition
415 Springsview / Thermopolis, WY 82443
(307) 864-6520 / jcheney@hotsprings1.org

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