Don't Take the Vape

Formaldehyde is a chemical found in vaping

Protect Your Lungs - Vaping & COVID-19

Teens who smoke or vape could face higher risk of COVID-19 complications – including getting much sicker. Vaping can weaken lungs with toxic chemicals and fine metal particles – putting your body at a disadvantage for fighting infection.1 Being vape-free is a significant part of good lung health. Get help to quit vaping today and protect your lungs!

Get the Facts

Vapes  contain more than 30 different chemicals that can impact your body​.2

  • Inhaling acetone, a chemical that is used to remove paint, causes irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.2
  • Inhaling formaldehyde, a chemical that preserves dead things, causes irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat – in addition to being known to cause cancer.3,4
  • Exposing your body to these chemicals has real consequences. Vaping can lead to shortness of breath, anxiety, mood swings – impacting your athletic performance, ability to sleep and concentrate, and your relationships with your friends and family.5,6,7

Get the Help to Quit

Vaping Chemical overview of Acetone

Get Involved

Tired of Vaping & Tobacco Companies targeting you? Find out how to get involved and take action!​

  • There are many teens living here in Santa Clara County that are fed up with vaping companies marketing to them and spreading misinformation.


1. Madison MC, Landers CT, Gu BH, et al. Electronic cigarettes disrupt lung lipid homeostasis and innate immunity independent of nicotine. J Clin Invest. 2019;129(10):4290-4304. doi:10.1172/JCI128531.

2. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Committee on the Review of the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems; Eaton DL, Kwan LY, Stratton K, editors. Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2018 Jan 23. 5, Toxicology of E-Cigarette Constituents. Available from: ​

3. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: Medical Management Guidelines for Formaldehyde, Health Effects. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

4. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute – Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

5. Gotts Jeffrey E, Jordt Sven-Eric, McConnell Rob, Tarran Robert. What are the respiratory effects of e-cigarettes? BMJ 2019; 366 :l5275. ​

6. US Department of Health and Human Services. E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2016.  

7. Jaehne, A., Loessl, B., Bárkai, Z., Riemann, D., and Hornyak, M. Effects of nicotine on sleep during consumption, withdrawal and replacement therapy. Sleep Medicine Reviews, Volume 13, Issue 5, 2009, Pages 363-377, ISSN 1087-0792.​

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