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Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, VA 22030

Susan Sanow,
Partnership Program Coordinator, Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax

Vape-Free Fairfax

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one-third of high school students in 2019 vaped, and 11% vaped more than 20 days in a month. Although marketed as a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, youth who vape are more likely to start smoking cigarettes. Nicotine was found in 99% of the vape products sold in one CDC study, including products that claimed to have no nicotine.

The brains of adolescents continue to develop until about age 25 and nicotine can have harmful effects on abilities to learn, control impulse and attention. Vaping aerosols also include dangerous chemicals, such as heavy metals, cancer-causing chemicals, and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. Scientists continue to study the long-term impacts of vaping. Youth vaping has also been linked with worse outcomes of COVID-19 infection.

Do you or someone you know need help to stop vaping?

Ready to Quit Vaping?

This is Quitting offers text messages for teens and young adults that provide support throughout the quit process. This is Quitting is easy to use, free and anonymous.

Here's how This is Quitting can help:

  • Set a quit date and receive up to 12 weeks of tailored daily text messages.
  • Get 24/7 on-demand support for cravings, stress, relapse, or requests for more messages.

Sign up now: Text VapeFreeFFX to 88709


Vaping and COVID-19

While it is too soon to know the specific impacts of COVID-19 on people who use e-cigarettes, we do know that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 attacks the lungs and there is growing evidence that vaping can harm lung health overall. This is why it is more important than ever for young people to quit vaping to protect their health.

Read more: Vaping Raises Risk of COVID-19 Complications in Teenagers

Vaping in Fairfax

According to the The 2019 Fairfax County Youth Survey of 8th, 10th and 12th grade students, one-fourth of the students (25.4%) reported vaping at least once in their lifetime.

See more data on the Community Health Dashboard.

About This is Quitting

The Fairfax County Health Department, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and Fairfax County Public Schools have partnered to implement the Truth Initiative’s This is Quitting program.

This is Quitting is a teen and young adult-focused vaping cessation text messaging program based on the best scientific evidence from the combusted tobacco cessation literature, input from the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, and formative research with young adult current and former vapers.

Read the News Release: Teens and Young Adults Can Enroll In Free E-Cigarette Quit Program Through A Collaboration Between Fairfax County And Truth Initiative®

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