Peer pressure and social media can have a lot of influence on teens, but parents can have even more.
Electronic cigarettes come in many different shapes and sizes (and names too). Teens today refer to smoking e-cigarettes as “Juuling” or “Vaping,” and contrary to what many think these pesky items are filled with more than just flavoring and water.
MOST e-cigarettes, do indeed, contain nicotine and there are major health consequences to using them in adolescent years.
What Does Vaping Look Like?
E-cigarettes and vape pens can sometimes be difficult to identify, learn what to look for.
Facts about vaping
Click to enlarge – learn the facts about e-cigarettes and vaping.
What is vaping? Have you seen it happen around you? Have you participated in vaping?
Teach your child the facts
“A CDC study found that 99% of the e-cigarettes sold in assessed venues in the United States contained nicotine.” Additionally, “Using nicotine in adolescence may also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs.” – CDC
Give your child clear rules
Good rules make it clear to youth that it is not acceptable or safe for them to participate in ANY vaping activities when they are under the age of 21. Let them know the consequences if they do.
Be prepared to answer your child's questions
Be honest because this topic can bring about serious questions, so know the facts about vaping and how it effects the developing brain.
Talk with your child about how to say ``no``
Make sure your child knows you can be the excuse. Remind them they can say “My mom will know if I do this, she has a 6th sense about these things and she would call your mom if she finds out, so no thanks, I don’t want any of us getting into trouble!”
Helpful Links & Resources
The following links may help you navigate this process and remember parental involvement is key to reducing underage nicotine use