Tobacco and Vaping

Interested in Quitting?

Health Promotion and Prevention provides in-person (currently virtual) cessation sessions.

Six-week session includes:

  • Planning a quit date
  • Understanding the need to need and triggers
  • Support
  • Medications if appropriate through Tufts Health Service
  • Motivational messages
  • Encouragement when you slip up
  • Help with cravings and stress

For more information, contact Ian L. Wong, MSPH, Director, Health Promotion and Prevention

617-627-3351

Make an Appointment: Calendly for a  30-minute or 60-minute appointment

Online Resources for Quitting

Text DITCHJUUL to 88709
The Truth Campaign

  • Motivational messages
  • Encouragement when you slip up
  • Help with cravings and stress

Become an Ex
The Mayo Clinic

  • Strategy for setting a quit or tapering date
  • Texts to help you stay on track and hopeful
  • An online community of other people quitting vaping

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW
Massachusetts's free, confidential 24/7 cessation helpline

  • Learn where to begin
  • Find out if your insurance covers cessation medication and programs
  • Get coaching on quitting

References: Design Life CycleHuffington PostVaper City

For the latest updates on acute lung injury cases and vaping, please visit CDC.gov.

Environmental Impact of Vaping poster

Symptoms of Lung Injury Reported by Some Patients in This Outbreak

  • Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:
    • cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain
  • Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A lung infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms.

Interim Recommendations

Until we know more, the CDC recommends that you consider refrain from vaping. If you have recently used a vaping product and you have symptoms like those reported in this outbreak see a healthcare provider.

If you use e-cigarette or vaping products:

  • Anyone who uses an e-cigarette or vaping product should not buy these products (e.g., e-cigarette or vaping products with THC or CBD oils) off the street, and should not modify or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
  • See a healthcare provider right away if you have symptoms like those reported in this outbreak.

If you are an adult who vapes because you have quit cigarette smoking:

  • Do not return to smoking cigarettes.
  • If you continue to use e-cigarettes, carefully monitor yourself for symptoms and see a healthcare provider right away if you have symptoms like those reported in this outbreak.

If you are an adult who is trying to quit smoking:

  • Contact your healthcare provider if you need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
  • Use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved medications.
It's Time to Quit poster

If you are concerned about your health after using an e-cigarette product, contact your health care provider, or you can also call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 and to the FDA via the online Safety Reporting Portal.