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Text “DROPTHEVAPE” to 88709 to join This Is Quitting, a free texting support program for help with quitting vaping for teens and young adults (ages 13-24).
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Free, confidential, evidence-based help to quit smoking, vaping, or tobacco for New Yorkers.

Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults
How to talk with your children about e-cigarettes.

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Anyone experiencing symptoms who uses vape products should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Healthcare providers should report possible cases to the local poison control center (1-800-222-1222).

Thinking about quitting vaping?

Triggers and motivation

Knowing what makes you want to vape — or triggers, and why you want to quit can be a good place to start.

When you know your triggers you can plan for situations that may be difficult when you first quit, like stress or people vaping or smoking near you.

And knowing why you want to quit, like feeling better or saving money, can be helpful motivation when you feel like you want to go back to vaping.


Talk with friends and family about why quitting vaping is important to you and ask them for support. If family or friends vape or smoke, ask them not to do it around you or ask if they want to quit with you! Having someone to quit with can be good motivation and support.


Medications like the patch, gum, or lozenge improve your chances of quitting by helping to curb cravings and withdrawal.

New habits

Create new habits or routines. What can you do instead of vaping? Play a game on your phone, read, exercise. Find something you like to do, use this as a way to distract yourself, and gradually create a new routine to replace vaping.

Choosing a quit date

Pick a date you want to quit, but give yourself some time to get ready. Try choosing a date in the next two weeks — enough time to prepare, but not so much that you put it off!


Be patient with yourself. If you slip up, keep trying. Think of each time as practice. What worked? What didn't? And ask for help. Talk with your support network — family, friends, a Quit Coach, your health care provider.

More about vaping and e-cigarettes

What is an e-cigarette or vaping device?
Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), or e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine through vapor, often flavored. They are made to feel like you are inhaling tobacco smoke, without the burning that occurs when lighting a traditional, tobacco-based cigarette.
Are e-cigarettes safer than smoking?
E-cigarettes are not regulated – the amount of nicotine in each product varies. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing has shown that nicotine amounts do not always match the labeling.

It is still unknown if e-cigarettes are safe. Levels of carcinogens and toxicants are lower in e-cigarettes than in traditional cigarettes. Further research is needed to determine health-related effects.
Will they help me quit?
If you’re looking to quit smoking, we suggest U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) – patches, gum, lozenges, sprays, and inhalers, or non-nicotine medications like varenicline (Chantix®) or Bupropion (Zyban).

These medications, combined with individual or group counseling, have been shown to be the most successful ways to quit.

There are not enough study results or industry regulations for safe e-cigarette use and the evidence is mixed on using e-cigarettes for quitting!

It’s important that you talk with a healthcare provider when considering alternatives to smoking.
For help with nicotine addiction
Text, chat, or call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) the New York State Smokers' Quitline. Or request for us to contact you. You CAN quit. We can help.
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