Smoking cigarettes has many health risks. However, the younger you are when you start smoking, the more problems it can cause. People who start smoking before the age of 21 have the hardest time quitting. Teens who smoke are also more likely to use alcohol and illegal drugs.
The problem is not just cigarettes. Spit tobacco and cigars are not safe alternatives to cigarettes. Low-tar and additive-free tobacco products are not safe either.
Vaping means using an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device. According to the Massachusetts Department of Health, e-cigarettes recently surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. It is critical to understand the potential risks of using them. The amount of nicotine in the liquid can be the same or even more than the amount found in cigarettes.
- The Facts on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults
- The New Look of Nicotine Addiction
- Vaping and Cigarettes
- Youth Smoking Report (2016)- Administered and Prepared by Canton Board of Health
Prohibition of the Sale of Tobacco Products to Minors (2013) - Regulation of the Canton Board of Health
- Smoking and Tobacco use: Government Departments, Agencies, and Resources (CDC)
- Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP)
- The New Look of Nicotine Addiction (video)
- Getting Help Quitting Vaping or Smoking
- Talk. They Hear You. Mobile App
- Massachusetts Smoking/Vaping Quitline
This is Quitting powered by truth® is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
- My Life. My Quit
Call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help, or sign up online at mylifemyquit.com.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about 1-800-QUIT-NOW and the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines