Help Youth Quit Vaping with Kick It CA

Parents, guardians and trusted adults can have a big impact on young people, so it’s a great idea for you to talk with them about vaping. Below is some helpful advice and resources to support you.

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Educate Yourself First

To help a young person you care about quit, it’s important to understand what vaping is and why so many young people are doing it.

• Vapes are the most commonly used tobacco products among U.S. middle and high school students.

• The increased use of vapes is driven, in part, by the belief that vapes are safe and are not addictive like cigarettes. However, the e-liquid in most vape products contains nicotine, an addictive substance that affects teen brain development.

Learn about vape products, health risks, and use rates through these trusted resources.

Understand Why

Curiosity, Peer Pressure and Enticing Flavors are all reasons young people start vaping.

They keep vaping for many reasons, including:

• to deal with things like boredom and anxiety

• to avoid withdrawal symptoms

• to fit in

Start the Conversation

It’s important to find the right time and approach to start the conversation with a young person about vaping. Your goal is to have a talk, not a debate.

Look for ways to start talking naturally, like when:

  • you see someone vaping
  • you pass a vape shop
  • you see a vape ad
  • the school communicates rules about vaping


Get their viewpoint by using open-ended questions, like:

  • What do you know about vaping?
  • What do you think about vaping?
  • How does vaping make you feel?


Be a good listener and try not to judge.

  • Repeat what you heard them say.
  • Let them know that you understand, even if you don’t agree.

Answer their Questions

Offer honest and science-based information. Here are some ideas:

Most vapes have nicotine, which can cause addiction.

Most experts agree that vapes are safer than cigarettes, but they are not actually safe. Many vapes have nicotine and other chemicals that can be harmful.

Thanks for being honest with me.

Keep the Conversation Going

Not one and done. Try to have conversations often and calmly.

Remember to…

• Connect and Encourage
• Remind and Repeat
• Share Facts and Resources

For more guidance, visit the American Lung Association’s Vaping Conversation Guide.

Get Support

You Can Quit. We Can Help!

There are several self-help tools and coaching services available to you and the young person you want to help.

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Text Message Programs

Kick It California offers an automated text program with messages tailored to help at critical points along the quit journey, including tips to deal with motivation, planning, getting support, self-talk, and recovering from slips. Once enrolled, the young person can text us with questions and a Quit Coach will respond.

To enroll Text “Quit Vaping” to 66819 or visit to learn more.

The Truth Initiative offers an automated text program for teens and young adults who want to quit vaping and a separate program for the parents and adults who are supporting them.

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Mobile App (Android)(Apple)

Download our Kick It Quit Smoking | Vaping app to get quit tips, games, and breathing exercise.

Quit Coaching over the Phone

For 30 years, Kick It California has provided phone-based quit coaching that works. And we provide specific support for friends and family members who want to help someone quit.

English: 1-800-300-8086
Spanish: 1-800-600-8191
Chinese: 1-800-838-8917
Korean: 1-800-556-5564
Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440

Educators & Advocates – we have materials & tools just for you

Educational & Promotional Materials

Visit our Free Materials section for flyers, fact sheets and social media posts to promote Kick It California quit vaping services.

Visit the California Youth Advocacy Network to get vaping prevention materials for your school at low or no cost.



Youth Vaping Alternative Program Education (YVAPE)

  • Reduce suspension and recidivism ratees
  • Educate Students About Vaping
  • Open a dialog with parent/guardians
  • Program in English & Spanish

YVAPE is a counseling and educational program for students who have been cited for vaping at school. California public middle and high schools can enroll students in YVAPE instead of alternative disciplinary action for vaping. YVAPE is designed to provide a positive experience for the student and help them think through their vaping behavior.

Learn more



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Copyright © 2023. The Regents of the University of California. All Rights Reserved.