Tips to quit vaping

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Last month, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes. They hope the ban will help people quit vaping.

"Just because you may think it's not as bad as cigarettes doesn't mean that it's safe for you,” said Jennifer Eyler, a health educator with the Marquette County Health Department. “It's still a bad option, it's still not good for you."

Recent studies show that the short term effects of vaping are similar to, and sometimes even worse than smoking.

"People having seizures, you can get very dehydrated from it, bloody noses, heart disease, lung disease," said Eyler.

The Marquette County Health Department is doing their part to help educate the public on the dangers of vaping. They even have a number of programs aimed at preventing high school students from using these products.

"We also do different campaigns through our coalition work and try to get people educated and aware of the different health risks," said Eyler.

Addiction is different in everyone, so it is recommended that you speak to your primary healthcare provider before you attempt to quit.

"There is a Michigan Quitline that would also be another good resource," said Eyler.

Other cities are joining San Francisco in banning the sale of e-cigarettes, and while Marquette isn't expected to go that far, they, like the state have strict smoking ordinances that include vaping.

"The ordinance prohibits any smoking or vaping in a public place and a public place can be defined as any enclosed area to which the public is invited," said Marquette City Police Captain Mike Laurila.

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