We all know that smoking is bad news—especially for your lungs. And as more young people across the country develop a vaping-associated lung injury, it’s becoming clearer and clearer: Vaping is not “safe,” no matter what you’ve heard.

Vaping-associated lung injury comes with some pretty rough symptoms—like nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, coughing, and sometimes fever—and is sending people across the country to the hospital. There is still a lot people don’t know and they’re working hard to find out why so many are getting so sick. But here’s what we do know: To stay safe, avoid all vapor products and e-cigarettes. Not only is vaping bad for your lungs, THC has serious side effects, especially for those under 21. Marijuana can impact brain development, learning, and memory in teens—not to mention a lot of other not-so-good effects.

Don’t vape but know others that do? Encourage those around you to quit.

If you or a friend need help quitting, call 1-866-TEENLINK or visit 866teenlink.org. Or download the free smartphone app, 2Morrow Health, to help with quitting. Get the app by visiting DOH.WA.GOV/QUIT and following the registration prompts to receive an activation code and password.

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You can also stay up-to-date on the vaping-associated lung injury by visiting the Washington State Department of Health website >> FIND OUT MORE