In December 2015, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health launched “Vaping” a public education campaign dedicated to informing Chicago youth and families of the truth about the dangers of e-cigarettes.
CDPH defines vaping as breathing an aerosol of heated, liquid nicotine from battery-operated devices such as e-cigarettes, mods, personal vaporizers and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.
The “Vaping” educational campaign highlights areas of concern regarding:
In addition, the campaign includes a social media toolkit for community and tobacco prevention organizations to help increase awareness about the known dangers of vaping while continuing to promote and support the use of proven cessation therapies. The toolkit is available online here.
Free QUIT resources for smoking & vaping are available at the Illinois Tobacco Quitline (866-QUIT-YES). Nurses, respiratory therapists and certified tobacco-treatment counselors are on-call 7 days a week, 7AM-11PM to answer all your tobacco-related questions and provide the support you need to break the habit.
Learn more about the health risks of Vaping via the below resources.
In January 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a Vital Signs report on “E-cigarette Ads and Youth,” showing:
CDPH Commissioner Dr. Julie Morita released a statement on the CDC’s Vital Signs report: Statement
Under Mayor Emanuel’s leadership, Chicago has become a national leader in tobacco cessation, challenging the tobacco industry with more stringent regulations to deter all Chicagoans—specifically youth—from adopting a nicotine habit. Chicago has also been a leader in regulating e-cigarettes, and became the first big city to tax them, with the City Council passing an ordinance in November 2015 to tax e-cigarette liquid.
|Jan 13, 2016||Mayor Emanuel Introduces Ordinances to Crack Down on Latest Tobacco Industry Efforts to Hook Youth|
|Jan 11, 2016||Mayor Emanuel and CPS Announce New Summer Transition Program For All Incoming Freshmen; Summer Intensive Program for At-Risk Eighth-Graders|
|Jan 5, 2016||Statement by Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Julie Morita on CDC's Vital Signs Report on E-cigarette Ads and Youth|
|Dec 23, 2015||Mayor Emanuel and the Department of Public Health Announce Campaign to Reduce and Prevent Youth Vaping|
|Dec 9, 2015||City Council Passes Ordinance to Combat Illegal Tobacco Sales|