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What's in a name?


E-cigarettes, vapes, e-cigs, vape sticks, vape pens, ego cigarettes, Juuls, PVs, pods, mods, cig alikes: all different names for the same device.

Just like their name, vaping devices come in all shapes and sizes.

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What's in a vape? Are they safer than traditional cigarettes?


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:

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.

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Why is nicotine so dangerous?

Learn more here:

Free FDA posters here.


How can I prevent my child from using vapes or help them stop?

Set a good example by being tobacco and nicotine-free.

Talk to your children about why vapes are harmful. Start the conversation early. This tip sheet can help.

Let your child know you want them to stay away from all tobacco and nicotine products including vapes because they aren't safe.


Quitting: you don't have to do it alone.

South Central Public Health District offers a variety of cessation programs that can help you quit smoking, vaping, chewing, juuling, etc. The programs are all five sessions, FREE, and are offered in groups or one-on-one. We offer programs specifically designed for pregnant women, adults, and teens. For more information call 208-737-5968, or email the Coordinator.


Free Resources

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