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VAPING: Liquid Poison

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:

  • The highly addictive nature of nicotine;
  • The toxic chemicals and poisons found in e-liquids;
  • Vaping devices such as e-cigarettes being unregulated at the federal level and the secrets manufacturers have about what is in the products and how they’re made.

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:

  • About 2.4 million middle and high school students were current users of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, in 2014. 
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which causes addiction, may harm brain development, and could lead to continued tobacco product use among youth. 
  • Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements may be contributing to increases in e-cigarette use among youth. Efforts by states, communities, and others could reduce this exposure.

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.

Chicago’s Tobacco Control & Prevention Timeline: TBA
Past Tobacco Prevention Public Education Campaigns: Don’t Get Burned, Check the Stamps, Tastes of Toxins.

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