Substance Abuse

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Trying to deal with life’s problems isn’t easy, but getting hooked on stuff that’s bad for you isn’t a good solution.  We’ve all made choices we regret, but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence.  You can choose to make it better for yourself.

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Information for teens who use tobacco products, including tips on how to quit.

What Is in E-cigarette Aerosol?
E-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless “water vapor.”

  • The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including:
    • Nicotine
    • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
    • Flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease
    • Volatile organic compounds
    • Cancer-causing chemicals
    • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead
  • It is difficult for consumers to know what e-cigarette products contain. For example, some e-cigarettes marketed as containing zero percent nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.

Why Is Nicotine Unsafe for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.
  • Nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain. The brain keeps developing until about age 25.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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