The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens and young adults. E-cigarettes contain nicotine which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s. Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars or pipes and others look like USB flash drives or pens.
How you can help
Parents and educators can help prevent and reduce the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes by young people by:
- Learning about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risks to young people
- Talking to young people about the risks and setting firm expectations about being tobacco-free
- Setting a positive example by being tobacco-free
- Sharing the risks of all forms of tobacco product use for young people
- Engaging in positive and self-enhancing activities and behaviors
- Signing up to get support from the Heads Up virtual group, for teens and parents working through a variety of challenges.
- Listen to the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Healthy Minds podcast. Start by checking out the Warning Signs of Addiction episode.