Vaping is harmful to your health. It impacts your immune system and lung health, and can leave you addicted to nicotine.
Did you know?
Your lungs are on the front lines of your immune system. Vaping can make it harder for your body to fight off infections.
Vaping can leave you feeling out of breath and to perform worse in sports.
Many students believe that vaping or Juuling is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, but that is not true. Nearly all vapes contain nicotine which is highly addictive and can harm both your brain development and ability to function.
Vaping aerosol is harmful and contains ingredients such as heavy metal (nickel, tin, lead), arsenic, formaldehyde, cancer-causing chemicals, and flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to popcorn lung, serious lung disease.
Young people who vape may be more likely to go on to use regular cigarettes.
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. Youth who currently or used to vape may have more severe outcomes if they get COVID-19 compared to those who have never vaped.
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Every person experiences mood changes. But, if you’re feeling “a little down” or sluggish, consider these tips to lift your mood.
Looking for things to do? Check out NCS Connects, a virtual Teen Center!
Get support from the Heads Up virtual group, for teens working through a variety of challenges.
Test Your Mood provides free, confidential and brief online screenings for a variety of mental health issues. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional − they are a checkup from your neck up. This program is anonymous and confidential, results and key resources immediately follow the brief questionnaire. Access the screenings in both English & Spanish at bit.ly/TestYourMood.
Listen to the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Healthy Minds podcast to hear how we are all handling uncertainty, get new ideas how to help your child, friends and families feel better, and learn about how to help yourself feel stronger and more energized. Start by checking out the Warning Signs of Addiction episode.