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Vaping is using a battery-powered device to inhale liquid nicotine or other substances. These devices can look like pens or USB flash drives. Instead of tobacco, they use liquids that come in different nicotine strengths and flavours. THC (a chemical in cannabis [marijuana]) can also be used. THC changes how you think, act, and feel and can make you feel "high". Vapes are also called e-cigarettes, vape pens, and Juuls.
More research is needed before experts can tell if vaping is safe. The long-term health effects aren't known. Here's what experts are learning about vaping.
You may have started vaping because you thought it was safer than smoking cigarettes. But vaping has its own problems. There are lots of reasons to stop.
If someone offers you a vape, you don't have to take it. And if you've tried vaping, you don't have to keep doing it. Here are some ways you can say no.
Sometimes that's all you need to do. Say it as many times as you need to. Also ask the person not to ask you again: "I'm cool with my decision, so don't bother me again."
Here are some examples: "If my parents find out, they'll take my car away," or "I have to practice with my band tomorrow and don't want to be short of breath."
It's okay to leave a party or group where vapes are being used.
"I'd rather play video games" or "Let's listen to some music." By doing this, you might also prevent your friend from vaping.
Make it clear that you don't want to vape and that continuing to ask you is showing no respect for your opinions. "I don't give you a hard time, so why are you giving me a hard time?"
If you think you might go someplace where people are vaping, don't go. But if you do go, think in advance about what you will do if someone offers you a vape.
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Adaptation Date: 2/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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