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Still Think Vaping Is Safe?

THE DANGERS OF VAPING

Chem 101

Vapes may taste good but those flavors come at a price. Vape juice can contain toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde (the stuff they use on dead bodies), acetone (paint thinner), and diacetyl (a common chemical used to give foods a buttery flavor causes a condition called "popcorn lung" when inhaled).

Heavy Metal

When a vape liquid super heats, small amounts of heavy metals can be mixed into the vapor such as (but not limited to) lead, nickel, tin, and manganese. These heavy metals embed themselves in your lungs and wreak havoc on your body's cells, causing them to malfunction, and destroying them from the inside.

Vape and Cigs

Quick Facts

  • Some e-cigarette labels do not disclose that they contain nicotine, and some e-cigarettes that claim 0% nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.
  • Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused some fires and explosions, a few of which have resulted in serious injuries.
  • The use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe for young people.
  • Using nicotine at a young age may also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs.
  • Flavorings that may be safe to eat aren't safe to breathe. Your stomach can break them down, your lungs can't.
  • Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.
  • Nicotine prevents the brain from forming memories
  • E-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless “water vapor.”
  • The aerosol that users inhale and exhale from e-cigarettes can expose both themselves and bystanders to harmful substances.
  • E-cigarette use may increase the frequency and amount of cigarette smoking in the future.
  • Secondhand vape is harmful to people around you.

ADDICTION

Do you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Irritability

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Anxiety

  • Depressed Mood

  • Restlessness

  • Frustration

  • Anger

  • Insomnia

  • Irritability

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Anxiety

  • Depressed Mood

  • Restlessness

  • Frustration

  • Anger

  • Insomnia

These are all symptoms of nicotine addiction. A single vape pod can contain as much nicotine as an entire package of cigarettes.

The more you use, the more addicted you become.

Using nicotine in any way also opens up the possibility of future substance addictions. The reality is that there is no safe way to smoke, vape, or ingest any other heated chemicals into your body.

Are There Any Long-Term Effects?

Vaping’s sudden rise in popularity means that we haven’t been able to fully study the long-term effects of frequent use. What we have seen is a direct link between frequent vaping and lung disease, brain development, and other respiratory issues. We eventually expect to see long-term effects similar to those created by cigarettes.

STAY SAFE - DON'T VAPE

HELP IS AVAILABLE - READY TO STOP VAPING?

If you have questions about how you can stop vaping, contact the Missouri Tobacco Quitline today.

You can also talk to an adult you trust about these dangers, they will help you take the the right steps to keep you safe and informed on the dangers of vaping, or get help to quit.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

Take the pledge to be vape-free and help Clear the Air!

for help quitting, call 1‑800‑quit‑now