Tips on Quitting E-Cigarettes
If you are looking for resources about how to quit e-cigarettes, you are not alone.
E-cigarette use has grown by 78% in High School students and 48% in middle schoolers in 1 year (from 2017-2018). Prior to 2015, e-cigarette products contained nicotine strengths of between roughly 1% and 2.4%. Since then new products debuted, containing 5% nicotine strength with the ability to deliver nit up to 2.7 times faster.1 Newer products hitting the market are increasing addiction at an alarming rate and many young adults do not know how to quit.
A nationally recognized campaign called truth, aimed at eliminating teen smoking in the United States has developed a free texting program to help “vapers” quit. When truth launched its first anti-smoking campaign in 1998, the teen smoking rate was 23%. In 2016, the Monitoring the Future study, which surveys national samples of over 45,000 youth in grades 8, 10 and 12, reported historically low levels of current cigarette use amongst youth - only 6% of teens still smoked. Since then, the introduction of e-cigarettes to young adults has risen significantly and truth has created a new campaign to help addicted teens quit.2
When you decide to quit smoking, it can be more difficult than expected and quitting can be a very lonely experience. There are few quitting resources specifically for e-cigarettes. The DITCHJUUL program developed by truth provides support for those wanting to quit. “The program is completely free, and available 24-7 to help with cravings, stress and slips, plus regularly-scheduled messages and reminders that are designed to help you quit.” You can learn more about their program recommended by the CDC as a resource to aide in vaping cessation here.