It actually may be stressing you out.
Many young adults smoke or vape because they believe it helps relieve stress. Studies reveal troubling links between vaping, nicotine, and worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as higher odds of having a depression diagnosis.
National Alliance on Mental Illness has reliable information regarding the effects nicotine use has on youth's physical and mental health.
Mental Health America has a helpful page - Talking to Adolescents and Teens: Starting The Conversation. Practical advice, Dos & Don’ts, and more.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, get treatment or help them get treatment. Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or text your zip code to 435748 (HELP4U) for 24-hour, free and confidential treatment referral.
For more information on how to get mental health treatment visit the link below.
Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will help you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient. The CDC’s website offers tools to overcome stress, parent resource kits, education on coping skills and how to reduce the stigma around mental health.
Usage of tobacco products in any form is detrimental to one’s health. Cigarette smoking is related to numerous deadly illnesses including lung and mouth cancer, emphysema, heart disease, COPD, and chronic bronchitis. Vaping or E-cigarettes are a mechanism for smoking nicotine and usage among high school and middle school students is on the rise. 99% of e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and some labels don’t even disclose the specific amount. Nicotine of any amount is harmful to a youth’s long-term development by changing the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulses, ultimately leading to a higher likelihood of addiction to other drugs.
Truth Initiative is America’s largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to a future where tobacco and nicotine addiction are things of the past. The organization provides resources and toolkits on how to quit smoking/vaping. In addition, they provide up to date research and studies on vaping products.
Upstate New York Poison Center is a helpful website for parents and teens to learn about the harmful effects of vaping, medication safety, and nicotine poisoning. For more information or questions, feel free to call them
This campaign is supported by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award funded by ONDCP. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ONDCP, CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.