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According to the American Lung Association,"E-cigarettes are not safe and can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease. No one should use e-cigarettes or any other tobacco product. This message is even urgent today following the increasing reports of vaping-related illnesses and deaths nationwide." E-cigarettes contain chemicals harmful to lung health such as heavy metals, carcinogens, vegetable glycerin and propylene glycerol. The developing lungs of youth may be more at risk, making what the Surgeon General refers to as a youth e-cigarette epidemic even more alarming." 

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are tobacco products that have been sold in the U.S for about a decade. They include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah, and e-cigars, known collectively as ENDS- electronic nicotine delivery systems. They're also sometimes called JUULs, "vapes" and "vape pens." While much remains to be determined about the lasting health consequences of e-cigarettes, there's evolving evidence about the health risks of e-cigarettes on the lungs- including irreversible lung damage and lung disease. 

What are E-Cigarettes?

The main competent of e-cigarettes is the e-liquid contained in cartridges. To create an e-liquid, nicotine is extracted from tobacco and mixed with a base and may also include flavoring, colorings and other chemicals (such as formaldehyde and aroclein, which can cause irreversible lunch damage). 

Most common reasons youth use e-cigarettes

  • 39 % Use by "friend or family member"

  • 31% Availability of "flavors such as mint, candy, fruit, or chocolate"

  • 17% Belief that "they are less harmful than other forms of tobacco such as cigarettes"


Public Health Concerns about use by Young People

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According to the American Lung Association, "Every year in the U.S., more than 480,000 people diet from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, make it the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Tragically, each day thousands of kids still pick up a tobacco product for hte first time. 

Health Effects

Smoking and use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco, cause or worsen numerous disease and conditions. Learn more about how smoking and using tobacco impacts your health. 

What is in a Cigarette


Arsenic, lead, tar are just a few of more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. See what else is in a cigarette.

Kids and Smoking

The best way to prevent tobacco-related illness and death is to keep kids from starting smoke in the first place. See why kids start and get tips to talk to your kids about smoking

Become a SmokeFree Teen


Who is this program for?

Young adults (13-19 years old) in the United States who want to be smokefree. 

How long is it?

6-8 weeks, depending on your quit date. You will receive 3-5 messages per day. 

How to sign up?

Text QUIT to 4788

Download quitSTART

The quitSTART app is FREE smartphone app that helps you quit smoking with tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges. 

The quitSTART app helps you:

  • Create your own Quit Kit which customized tips and materials. The more information you add about your smoking habits, the better the app can personalize content to fit your needs.

  • Check your progress and earn badges for smokefree milestones and other achievements. 

  • Get back on track if you have a slip and smoke

  • Manage cravings and bad moods in healthy ways

Speak to an Expert

Talking to someone about quitting smoking can be the support you might need to see it through. Consider talking to an expert for help. 


800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

All states have quitlines with counselors who are trained specifically to help smokers quit. Call this number to connect directly to your state's quitline 

877-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848)

The National Cancer Institute's trained counselors provide information and support for quitting in English and Spanish. 

Become a SmokeFree Women

Smokefree Texting Programs

Choose from the following programs:

  1. Smokefree TXT (is a mobile text messaging service designed for people across the United States who are trying to quit smoking.

  2. SmokefreeMOM (is a mobile text messaging program that provides 24/7 tips, advice, and encouragement to help pregnant women who want to quit smoking.

  3. Practice Quit (is a text messaging program for smokers who want to quit, but want to get comfortable with not smoking for short periods of time first. 

  4. Daily Challenges (a program for smokers who want to build quitting skills before trying to quite)

Build Your Quit Plan

Quitting smoking can be hard. Having a plan makes things a bit easier. Making a personalized quit plan can keep you on track and help you through the times that challenge you the most. 

Click above to complete the 6 steps to get your personalized quit plan started!

Quit Smoking Medications

Medications can make it easier to quit smoking by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Learn about the different types of medications and see which ones might work best for you by clicking above!


Smokefree Texing Programs

Smokefree.gov offers free text messaging programs that give you 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips for becoming smokefree and being healthier. Find the program that needs your needs. You can sign up or opt-out at any time. 

  1. Smokefree TXT

  2. SmokefreeMOM

  3. SmokefreeVET

  4. Dipfree TXT

  5. Smokefree TXT for Teens

Build Your Quit Plan 

Prepare for your quit date

  1. Dealing with withdrawal

  2. Quitting tools and medications

  3. Handling a slip

Smokefree Apps

Get 24/7 support with a Smokefree app for your smartphone. These free apps offer help just for you based on your smoking patterns, moods, motivation to quit, and quitting goals. 

  1. QuitGuide

  2. quitSTART

Senior Resources


What are your reasons to quit?

  1. Quit for myself

  2. Quit for my health

  3. Quit for my finances

  4. Quit for my loved ones

  5. Not yet ready to quit

  6. Tobacco 1010


Prepare for your quit date

  1. Dealing with withdrawal

  2. Quitting tools and medications

  3. Handling a slip


Pledge to quit and create your quit plan

  1. Start your quit plan online today

  2. Print a copy of the quit plan

  3. Help a loved one quit

Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Riverwood Healthcare Center

Riverwood's Treatment Specialists can help you get started!


Tobacco 21 Resources


Why This Matters

Nicotine is addictive and particularly harmful to the developing adolescent brain. Evidence suggests that nicotine interferes with brain maturation and can have a long term effect on cognitive development and mental health. The long-term effects of nicotine on the adolescent brain is a significant public health concern. 


Is Big Tobacco In Your Kid's Backpack

Tobacco products are designed to look like candy and school supplies. Don't let the tobacco industry hook your kids for a lifetime of addition. 

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Tobacco Free Schools Guide

Some schools have gone as far as banning USB drives as it's too difficult for teachers to discern between the devices. With that in mind, ANSR has put together a guide to help schools address tobacco use, includes the use of electronic cigarettes, on school property.