Upcoming Events

The Boards of Health of Concord, Bedford and Carlisle, in collaboration with the Center for Parents and Teachers, offer this free community programs:
 

“What We Know About Teen Vaping Today: THC, CBD, Nicotine”

Come learn about this vitally important issue so you can hold more effective conversations with teens and preteens. The children in your life may not be vaping themselves but they know others who are. This is a very new behavior and much is not known. But what is known about the harm being caused is alarming. Users of vape devices can easily become addicted to nicotine. The many chemicals vaped through the devices can cause irreparable harm to their lungs. Talking to teens and preteens is vitally important in prevention and cessation. Come see actual devices on display, including what’s currently on the market and the most popular devices for users.
 
Tuesday, December 3, 7-9 p.m.
Bedford Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way, Reed Room, Bedford, MA 01730
Presented by Dr. Marisa Silveri, director of the Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health in the Imaging Center at McLean Hospital, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.
 
To help with planning for December 3, and to learn more details, please pre-register at https://parentprogramaboutvaping3dec2019inbedford.eventbrite.com.
 

RESOURCES

Click on the links below for resources to learn more about vaping, its effects and risks, and ways to quit or help those who want to stop vaping.

Text, Telephone & Online Chat

  • My Life, My Quit — Get free confidential help by phone or text for quitting vaping or other tobacco products from a trained coach. Call 855-891-9989 (7 a.m. to 1 a.m.) or text “Enroll” to 855-891-9989. Learn more at MyLifeMyQuit.com.
  • The Truth Initiative’s texting program helps people who want to quit vaping. Text “QUIT” to 202-804-9884. Check out truthinitiative.org for more information on tobacco.
  • Smokefreeteen — The website teen.smokefree.gov has great information and resources to help someone quit tobacco products, including online chat and an app. You can also enroll in a texting program. Text QUIT to iQUIT (47848) for cigarettes or SPIT to 333888 for chewing tobacco.

Apps

  • Tobacco Free Teens — This mobile app from the MD Anderson Cancer Center provides education and help for quitting smoking. Download Tobacco Free Teens from the App Store or Google Play.

Podcast

Tune into our Health Works Here podcast with Dr. Deborah Greene, an emergency department physician at Emerson and the mother of a teenager, to learn more about vaping and her tips to help someone who may want to quit.
 
Vaping: What an ER Doctor and Mom of a Teen Needs You to Know