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Summer 2021 Newsletter

August 18, 2021

Fact: Most young people want to quit vaping

A new survey from the Truth Initiative indicates that 60% of young people (15-24) want to quit
vaping for their health, financial and social reasons, and to be free from addiction. Empowering young people to quit nicotine is crucial — and urgent.

Here are just some of the reasons why:

  • Half of the high schoolers in South Dakota have tried an e-cigarette.
  • One in four high school kids currently vape.
  • One in sixteen middle schoolers vape regularly.
  • Eight times as many middle schoolers are trying vape now than in 2011.

E-cigarette use hurts adolescents fast. Because the brain isn’t fully developed until age 25, each
choice a young person makes creates a new habit groove in the brain. When someone under
age 25 vapes, they’re learning how to be addicted. Helping young people quit vaping NOW
keeps them safe from long-term health effects and destructive behaviors.

Anyone in South Dakota over age 13 can use the QuitLine’s FREE services. The QuitLine helps people get nicotine out of their lives. Whether it’s cigarettes, chew, e-cigarettes, or a combination, the QuitLine provides support to help South Dakotans quit and stay quit.

To get someone connected to the QuitLine, they can call 1-866-SD-Quits or visit the online
enrollment form.

Slips happen — don’t give up!

For many people, quitting nicotine takes a couple tries.

That’s why South Dakotans can enroll in QuitLine services two times every twelve months. The second enrollment is free, just like the first.

Enrolling is simple:

You can refer anyone (13 or older) who needs help quitting to the SD QuitLine. They can call
1-866-SD-Quits or go online:

Myth, busted: Nicotine does NOT help anxiety

Some people believe that nicotine helps them de-stress. Scientifically, it doesn’t.

Nicotine may actually make anxious feelings worse. It can increase sensitivity to stressful
while causing more health problems, leading to an overall lower quality of life. And that causes — you guessed it — even more stress.

There’s good news! According to the CDC, quitting smoking can lead to less anxiety, stress, and
depression. The SD QuitLine will help at each step.

Quitting tobacco makes your whole life healthier

Warm weather and outdoor fun are in full swing, so the last thing we want is to feel lousy.

Even though you can’t keep every bug (mosquito or sickness) away, not using tobacco makes a big difference in overall wellbeing.

Pass along these tips to stay healthy and be tobacco free:

  1. Make all of your living spaces no nicotine zones. That includes your home, your car, or anywhere else you and your loved ones spend time. E-cigarettes count too! One scientific study found that e-cigarette aerosol can contain equal or higher amounts of the dangerous chemicals found in cigarette smoke.
  2. Move your body! Exercise is good for everybody, but it’s an especially important way to stay strong when quitting tobacco. It improves mood, pushes away the urge for a nicotine fix, and increases energy. Even small things, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking farther away from the store, add up to make a big difference.
  3. Beat tobacco cravings with healthy snacks. Foods that are higher in fiber and protein fill you up. Satisfy hunger and the urge to smoke with veggies and hummus, beef jerky, yogurt and fruit, whole-wheat crackers, nuts, and plain popcorn with spices.

Check out more ways to help someone quit.

Keep in Touch

The SD Tobacco Control Program welcomes your feedback. If you have questions about media
efforts, need help sharing, or want more information: