CDC officials recommend that people not use e-cigarettes and say that those who continue to use e-cigarettes should seek medical attention with any health concerns. The sale of e-cigarettes in now illegal in the state of Massachusetts.
As of October 8th, the CDC and FDA are tracking reports of 1,299 cases of severe lung illnesses associated with use of e-cigarette products (i.e., devices, liquids, refill pods and cartridges). Twenty sixth related deaths have been confirmed. Many of these deaths have been linked to the use THC products but it is important to note that no specific e-cigarette product, substance or additive has been identified as present in all cases. Up to date information on lung injuries associated with vaping can be found at www.cdc.gov/lunginjury.
Nicotine is an addictive substance and it can be difficult to stop using it without assistance. Our Student Health Services has providers that can work with you. Please call to set up an appointment if you would like further information. When appropriate, medications might help. Nicotine patches, gum and lozenges are available over the counter without a prescription.
There are also other resources available.
- A provider may refer you to QuitWorks online.
- call the Massachusetts Quitline 1-800-QuitNow (7 days per week/24 hours per day, holiday hours may vary) to receive counseling online, by phone or through eChat and at least four weeks of free nicotine patches.
- My Life, My Quit™ has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. For more information or to sign up online, visit mylifemyquit.com.
- Visit mass.gov/vaping to learn about vaping addiction, health, and quitting.
Please contact the Health Center with questions or concerns