For years, vape companies targeted teens and young adults with their harmful products… products filled with addictive nicotine and toxic substances – like arsenic, aluminum and lead – that can negatively impact both physical and mental health.
81% of e-cigarette users surveyed started vaping to help them cope with their stress, anxiety, and depression, but it turns out vaping nicotine can actually make them worse. In fact, recent studies show that nicotine in vapes can *amplify* feelings of depression and anxiety.
To put it simply, vaping nicotine can really mess with your head, which is why we’re standing up and taking action to protect our generation’s mental health.
Take action by adding your voice and then put pressure on decision makers to join us in the fight to protect mental health and declare vaping nicotine a national mental health issue.
Demand Action from Decision Makers
Getting public recognition of vaping nicotine as a national mental health issue ensures our voices are heard at the highest levels.
The decision makers below are leaders in the fight against vaping and tobacco. Now we need them to join us in declaring vaping nicotine a mental health issue.
Tweet to invite them to join us today in the fight for real change. The post is already written -- all you have to do is click and post
@RepDianaDeGette @MarkDeSaulnier @SenatorDurbin @RepRaskin @RepJohnKatko @SenBlumenthal @SenSherrodBrown
ENGAGE OTHERS ON THE GROUND
Take it further by inspiring others to join the fight and protect our generation’s mental health.
- Download and print the pledge statement sign.
- On the back, collect signatures of those who support the battle against vaping or mental health.
- Take the sign to decision makers – could be your principal, coach, manager, or community leader – and push for something like a Vape Free Mental Health Day.
- Urge them to also sign the their own pledge by sharing this link.
- Bonus points if you take a picture of yourself or others holding the sign and post on social tagging @truthorange
Mental Health Resources
If you talk to a person who is having a mental health crisis or needs help from a mental health professional, be prepared to refer them to an appropriate resource. We have compiled a list of potential resources [here] and there may be other resources in your local community.