Truth Initiative is America’s largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to a future where tobacco and nicotine addiction are things of the past. In this roundtable with Truth Initiative, we discuss the prevalence of teen nicotine use, what happens when adolescents use nicotine (biologically, mentally, socially, etc), smoking cigarettes vs. vaping, the average age of onset, the mental health implications of vaping, This is Quitting as a resource (what it is, why it works, what to expect, etc), other resources that can be helpful on your quitting journey, and Megan + Jake’s advice for teens currently trying to quit.

About Jake: Jake Warn is a 21-year-old college student at Thomas College from Winslow, Maine. He is passionate about telling his story about the effects of vaping nicotine and the impact that it had on his mental health. Jake was also recently awarded the truth IMPACT Scholarship honoring the actions he has taken to address youth tobacco, e-cigarette, and nicotine use in his community, and to support youth mental health.

Jake’s journey with vaping nicotine started in high school, where he thrived as an athlete, class Vice President, and a member of the National Honor Society. Like any other high school student, Jake wanted to fit in, and using vape products was the way to do just that. Jake quit using e-cigarettes and is now a volunteer and advocate supporting actions to protect young people from the risks of nicotine addiction.

About Megan: As the managing director of products for the Innovations center at Truth Initiative, Megan Jacobs brings an empathic, user-centered approach to product design that is key to the successful quit-smoking and vaping programs used by hundreds of thousands of people looking to break free from addiction. Jacobs led the modernization of the now 11-year-old BecomeAnEX® platform and the EX® Program enterprise product. Most recently, Jacobs designed the quit-vaping program This is Quitting (TIQ) for teens and young adults. She works across departments to integrate TIQ into the truth® campaign.

Mentioned In The Episode…
+ Ep. 80 Solo Ep:
+ Ep. 75 Dr. Faber:
+ Teens and young adults can join This is Quitting for free by texting DITCHVAPE to 88709:
+ Breathwrk (This is Quitting users get 6 months free!!):
+ Crisis Text Line:
+ Become an Ex:
+ Breath of Stress Air:
+ Moment of Action 2022:

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