Live Vape Free Program
The Truth About Vaping
Many teenagers believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco. This is simply not true, nicotine is a dangerous and addictive drug. The brain develops until about age 25 and is more vulnerable to nicotine’s effects, including reduced impulse control, attention and cognition, and mood disorders.
Parents are the best line of defense when it comes to educating and protecting teenagers.
About the Program
Tobacco Free Florida has introduced Live Vape Free, a first-ever program that offers tools and resources to address teen electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use. The program is designed to help teens quit nicotine and empowers adults to support teens who want to quit.
Live Vape Free is a text-based program that provides teens (ages 13-17) with text support, interactive content and one-on-one coaching to help them quit e-cigarettes. The program is tailored to teens by featuring an authentic voice. The cadence of the program also adapts to the teen’s level of engagement, which may differ from person to person. The program features content that:
- Educates teens on the keys to quitting nicotine.
- Motivates, inspires and enlightens users on the importance of staying nicotine-free.
- Helps teens find their “why” when quitting.
- Boosts overall confidence among teens looking to quit.
Adults in teens' lives, such as parents, guardians, teachers and administrators, can also play a key role in helping teens quit e-cigarettes. Live Vape Free provides adults with self-paced online courses, one-on-one coaching support and downloadable toolkits to educate them on teen e-cigarette use and arms them with the tools needed to support teens on their quit journey.
How Teenagers Can Participate
Live Vape Free provides teenagers (ages 13-17) with text support, interactive content and one-on-one coach support to help them quit e-cigarettes. This program is a fun learning experience that teaches teens the skills needed to quit. Upon enrollment, the text program conducts an assessment and makes teens set a quit date. Once a quit date is set, teens will continuously receive texts containing relevant content to help them on their quit journey.
To sign up, teens can text VAPEFREE to 873373.
For more information visit TobaccoFreeFlorida.com/LiveVapeFree.
Support Program for Adults
Most kids and teens have heard about vaping from someone, often their peers. They need to hear from the adults in their lives, too. The Live Vape Free program is focused on supporting parents and other concerned adults with the vaping epidemic. This online learning program is designed to provide the insights needed for getting started, tips and tools, and resources for ongoing support.
When you join the program, you will have access to:
- Online content that prepares parents and caregivers to kick start the conversation with teens about vaping including video, interactive activities and a toolkit that supports initiating and ongoing discussion with teens.
- Live chat or email with Coaches who can answer your questions about vaping, talking to teens and how to support teens begin their quit journey.
Join the Live Vape Free Program.
Adults (ages 18 and older) looking to quit any form of nicotine, including e-cigarettes, can do so with the Quit Your Way program. Tobacco Free Florida offers free and proven-effective tools and services at TobaccoFreeFlorida.com/QuitYourWay.
- The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults. Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults | CDC
- Based on the 2020 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey, 27.8% of Santa Rosa youth (ages 11-17) have tried electronic vaping. 2020 County Reports | Florida Department of Health (floridahealth.gov)
- The brain continues to develop until about age 25 and the developing brain is more vulnerable to nicotine’s effects. E-Cigarettes and Teens | Tobacco Free Florida
- To help counter-balance the manipulative and deceptive messages and misinformation being directed at teens, parents should be prepared to answer questions about vaping. What Parents Need to Know About Vaping - Partnership to End Addiction (drugfree.org)