- 4 days ago, on 10/3/2019, the CDC released on their front page titled, “Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping”.
- Many agencies and researchers including the CDC are investigating the health effects of vaping.
18 deaths related to vaping have been confirmed in 15 states.
- Most users reported vaping with products containing THC.
- There is still a lot we do not know, including the specifics of the chemical exposures causing injuries to the lungs.
- CDC recommendation: refrain from using e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly those containing THC.
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Vaping Cessation
- Similar to Lifestyle Redesign for smoking cessation.
OTs can help you to:
- Identify and manage emotional, physical, social triggers.
- Modify the home, work, social environment to decrease temptations to vaping.
- Create a plan for cravings and relapses, and be held accountable.
- Learn about and practice cognitive strategies (mindfulness, CBT).
- Adjust daily routines to support engagement in alternative healthy activities including work, rest, exercise, leisure.
- Learn about and practice stress management and relaxation strategies.
- Obtain resources including support groups to improve your chances of success.
Apps to Quit Vaping
- Youth and young adults can access the new e-cigarette quit program by texting “DITCHJUUL” to 88709. Parents and other adults looking to help young people quit should text “QUIT” to (202) 899-7550.
- Vaping cessation program and app – 2morrowinc