Quitting Smoking

Tobacco - Vaping & Cigarettes

RealFactsIf vaping is affecting your relationships, health, school, and interactions, there are resources that can help you quit when you are ready.

Middle and high school students are trying vaping at a much higher rate than adults, which leads them to being addicted before they even get to college. That's why we have created resources and programs geared towards helping you quit when you are ready.

Losing control? Figure out where you stand with this short questionnaire and find a way to put the tobacco down. For good.


Dependency or Addiction May Look Like...

  • Cravings
  • Going out of the way to get the substance you need or want
  • Feeling anxious, angry, upset if you want to use the substance, but can't
  • Continuing to use it because you find it difficult to quit.

Impacts of Smoking on the Body and Brain

Students who smoke tobacco, vape or use e-cigarettes are at risk of low impulse control, mood disorders, addiction, and psychiatric disrorders, This addiction decreases the ability to focus and learn. 

Using cannabis in an e-cigarette? This causes permanent changes in memory and mental health.

Vaping - Statistics

E-cigarettes are the most common tobacco product used by college students. One cartridge or pod for e-cigarettes contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. That is an equivalent of 20 cigarettes. 

Although many say they use e-cigarettes or vapes to quit smoking traditional cigarettes, this method is rarely successful because both are about equally as addictive. 

Ingredients List

  • Nicotine - addictive and affects your brain in a multitude of ways
  • Propylene glycol -used to make things like antifreeze and paint solvent 
  • Carcinogens - chemicals that cause cancer
  • Acrolein - an herbicide used to kill weeds, and causes irreversible lung damage
  • Diacetyl - a chemical linked to a lung disease called "popcorn lung"
  • Cadmium - toxic metal that causes breathing problems
  • Benzene - a VOC found in car exhaust

Among many others. 


Vaping & Mental Health

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Students often turn to vaping or tobacco in times of stress, even though vaping can make stress much worse. This is also referred to 'exacerbating' the symptoms. 93% of people vaping reported feeling more stressed, depressed, or anxious. 


90% of those who quit said they felt less stressed, anxious, and depressed.
47% of those who quit said they felt more in control.
78% of those who vaped but still haven't quit said they would feel better about themselves if they would quit. 


Think You May be Ready to Quit?

  • Know why you're quitting
  • Give yourself time to get ready
  • Set yourself up for success
  • Know what challenges to expect - know your triggers
  • Ask for help

Join THIS IS QUITTING. A text-to-quit vaping service to help and support you.

 Text DITCHVAPE to 88709 or enter your phone number here

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We Want to Help.

Student Health Center: Students are encouraged to make an appointment via our online booking tool or calling 409-880-8466. Making an appointment opens up the door to meeting with our highly trained and experienced Counselors or Medical Professionals who are able to discuss medications and treatments that are available to aid in quitting substance dependency. The Counseling Department in the SHC hosts four licensed counselors, of which there are Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors who specialize in this area of practice. If you aren't ready or able to talk in person, talk to someone through our TimelyCare portal that is free for students and available virtually from your computer or phone 24/7.

National Resources include YesQuit, a Texas Department of State Health Services Program, QUIT-NOW through the CDC, or SmokeFree.gov

Contact LU Health Education

Jayna Bonnette, BS
Health Education Program Coordinator

Email | 409-880-8466

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