Vape manufacturers like JUUL claimed their products were designed to help smokers kick the habit. Yet, their products and marketing suggested otherwise, with flavored vapes and ads featuring social media influencers popular with teens. And, one JUUL pod could actually contain as much nicotine as a whole package of cigarettes. Increased nicotine increases the risk of addiction. Now, many of these kids want to quit vaping, but they can’t do it on their own.
A third of all U.S. high school students admit they have vaped nicotine-containing products in recent months, according to a new study. Nearly half of them have seriously considered kicking the habit, and almost a quarter of them said they have actually tried to quit but couldn’t. Nicotine is one of the most highly addictive substances. No wonder teen vaping has become a national epidemic.
These studies bring focus to “the urgent need for treatments that can help youth who are trying to quit stay quit,” Jennifer Dahne, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Medial University of South Carolina told CNN.
When you are addicted to nicotine, the cravings don’t go away on their own. But there are some things that can help you kick the habit.
Quit vaping for good
- Just knowing vaping or smoking is dangerous doesn’t generally prompt someone to quit. You have to want to quit vaping. Understanding your motivation for doing so helps empower you to make smart choices so you reach your goal, according Smokefree Teen, a U.S. National Cancer Institute initiative.
- Once you have identified your motivation, set a “quit date.” This helps you mentally prepare, said Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Levy is also an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Try not to set your target date more than two weeks away or else you may be tempted to change your mind.
- With a quit date in mind, you’ll want to map out your plan. Smokefree Teen has an online tool you can use to track your progress and identify your roadblocks.
- It’s also good to prepare for any challenges you may experience along the way. For example, withdrawals from nicotine can be uncomfortable, especially at first. Your doctor may be able to prescribe medication to help ease symptoms and cravings associated with nicotine withdrawal. In time, those feelings will become less bothersome and eventually will pass.
- If you feel pressure from friends to vape, stand your ground. Let them know why it is important to you to quit vaping.
If you continue to struggle to quit, reach out to a friend, family member, or counselor for strength. In time, and with determination, you can quit your vaping habit, for good.
Beasley Allen lawyers Joseph VanZandt and Sydney Everett, together with Mass Torts Section Head Andy Birchfield, are currently representing several individuals who are suing the top U.S. vape maker JUUL for the negative impact its products have had on their lives. Recognizing the critical threat to young people ensnared by nicotine addiction, and its effect on our nation’s educational system, our firm has also joined other nationally recognized law firms to represent school districts and public entities across the country in the fight to stop the school vaping crisis.