While young people may use e-cigarettes as a coping mechanism, they aren’t always aware of the negative role e-cigarette’s primary component — nicotine — can play in mental health.
According to Truth Initiative Continuous Tracking Online (CTO) survey findings, most vapers are unaware of the mental health effects of vaping: only 44% of frequent vapers agreed that vaping can worsen anxiety and irritability, compared to 61% of those who don’t vape, according to data collected in June 2021.
More than twice as many frequent vapers (45%) agreed that it is OK to vape for stress relief compared to non-vapers (20%). Similar patterns exist for survey respondents with any past 30-day use of e-cigarettes. The results suggest that, aside from not knowing that vaping can exacerbate mental health concerns, e-cigarette users are instead using them to cope with anxiety and stress, potentially worsening mental health in the long term.
Please consider stopping vaping with the help of CCHD’s tobacco cessation program and reach out to our behavioral health team to improve your symptoms of anxiety and depression.
For tobacco cessation, please call 410-535-5400, ext 359. For behavioral health services, please call 1-877-467-5628. If you are a parent or guardian, please speak with your child’s family doctor or pediatrician about healthy ways to ensure your child copes with the stressors of today. More information available here.