Youth Use

Vaping Prevention

Nicotine use during adolescence—a critical window for brain development—causes addiction, is more likely to lead to sustained tobacco use, and might have lasting adverse consequences for brain development.

Overview

Spokane Regional Health District, along with numerous youth-serving organizations, concentrates on the prevention of vaping during the times when youth are most likely to start.


Youth Prevention Activities

There are a number of activities offered throughout the area that help empower youth to make the right decision and abstain from, or quit, vaping. Many of these activities primarily focus on tobacco use but the lessons learned are easily applied to vaping.


Youth Prevention Resources

As public health continues to address vaping as a social health determinant, Spokane Regional Heath District’s Marijuana, Vaping Device and Tobacco Prevention program continues to gather and share accurate and relevant resources.


Twelfth graders using a vaping device

23%

Number of twelfth graders in Washington State that reported using a vaping device in the the last 30 days.

Harmful to Youth

Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scientists are still learning more about how vaping devices affect health. However, there is already enough evidence to justify efforts to prevent vaping devices use by young people. Researchers know that the vapor from vaping devices is harmful because it contains harmful ingredients, including nicotine. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.

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