The KY Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program announced a new resource to help teens quit vaping, smoking, or using other tobacco products.  This is a free, confidential quitline and program specifically for kids ages 17 and under.

Kentucky's Free Quitlines

As of February 18, 2020, 2,807 cases of e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported to CDC from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 2 U.S. territories. 

68 Deaths have been confirmed in 29 states and the District of Columbia. The CDC continues to investigate these lung injuries.

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10 confirmed EVALI cases in Kentucky as of February 21, 2020. The Kentucky Department for Public Health is investigating a growing number of cases of severe lung injury related to e-cigarette use, also known as vaping.

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   A product that has been marketed as a safe alternative to smoking is proving to not be safe at all. The use of E-cigarettes and Vaping Devices is particularly common in youth and young adults, which is especially harmful:

  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1
  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future

Parents need to talk to their teens about the dangers of
e-cigarettes and vaping products. A great tip sheet for these conversations can be found by clicking this link:

   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans to stop vaping. The CDC website provides extensive information on health-related topics. 

   The Surgeon General is another great resource for information. about e-cigarettes and vaping.

I Just Didn't Know!

Claire, a student from Henry County, KY, speaks candidly about e-cigarettes and the truth about their contents. E-cigarettes have become wildly popular among middle and high school students. Many people believe that e-cigarettes are a healthy alternative to cigarettes and are just water vapor, but that is simply not true!

Think Vaping is Harmless?

E-cig vapor contains toxic metals and chemicals harmful to your lungs. It also contains addictive nicotine that can impact mental development and harm memory. Get the facts!