Vaping: What You Can Do

A lot of young people express concern about their friends who vape. It’s tough to talk about it. If you have a friend or family member who you want to help, here are some things to think about.  

Get Talking

  1. Put yourself in their shoes. Quitting can be really hard. If you’ve never smoked or vaped, read up on it. It’s important to show you understand that quitting is a big deal for them.
  2. Talking vs. texting: Do whichever feels more comfortable. We suggest talking to your friend on video chat (or in-person if you can practice social distancing). By seeing and hearing them it’ll be easier to tell how they feel. Try not to talk to them when they are vaping.
  3. Be specific. Point out the exact changes you’ve noticed in their behavior and let them know that’s why you’re concerned.
  4. Stay in your lane. Don’t assume you know how they feel or what they’re going through. You may not have any idea.
  5. Listen, don’t lecture. Let them share. You are there to listen. They need to feel they can be open and honest without being judged.
  6. Don’t add pressure. Let them know you care about them regardless of whether they decide to quit or not.
  7. Offer your support. Bring them healthy snacks; be a workout buddy; keep them busy in other ways to keep their mind off vaping. Suggest they talk with a trusted adult. And offer something up like This is Quitting or My Life, My Quit
  8. Be patient. When people try to quit, they may not succeed on their first try. That's okay. People learn along the way and can use you as a cheerleader for the next time they try.

If you vape and want to quit, get talking too! Talking to a friend about wanting to quit and asking for their support is a great way to get started.  More information on getting support.

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