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What is vaping?

Vaping is a way to help adults quit smoking.

They have many names like E-cigarettes, Vape pens or Puff bars and they might seem cool or even harmless, but there are some serious health risks you should know about, especially for young people like you. 

Is it REALLY that bad for you?

We’re here to give you the facts from doctors and other experts and clear up some of the wrong things you might have heard from friends or on social media… 

  • Most Vapes contain a drug called Nicotine, which is addictive: it means you want more and more. 
  • Nicotine is risky for young people like you because your bodies and brains are still developing and exposing them to nicotine can mess with that development. 
  • In the UK, it is against the law to sell nicotine vaping products to under-18s or for adults to buy it for them. 
  • Vaping is quite new, so we still don’t know what the risks might be in the longer term. 
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Did You Know?
Brain borg A standard disposable vape is like smoking 20 normal cigarettes.

Getting help to stop smoking 

The ‘Stop Smoking Service’ is there to help people give up if they want to. If you know someone who wants to stop smoking, they can contact the free Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044. 

Riddle me this!

How old do you have to be to buy a vape?
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Although Vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, it’s not harmless and so children shouldn’t be tempted to try it!
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Page last reviewed: 13-06-2024

Next review due: 13-06-2027