A Parent’s Guide to Vaping

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By: SUPE Editorial Team

Parental awareness is critical when it concerns vaping. It is estimated that more than 2.1 million youth currently use e-cigarettes. More than one in four youth are using e-cigarettes daily.

A critical part of education and prevention is understanding what you, as parents, are facing. Vaping nicotine is not harmless, and there are significant health effects teens and youth would experience.

How To Talk About the Dangers of Vaping Nicotine?

As a parent, you do not need to be an expert on the topic instead, you need to have a basic understanding of what vaping is, how to help your kids say no, and how to guide them to reliable and reputable resources.

Consider some of the following pointers when broaching the topic of vaping:

Become educated and know the facts. There are a lot of myths about vaping, and two-thirds of teens do not even realize e-cigarettes have nicotine. Become comfortable with the information and express care and concern.

As with anything else you may speak to your children about, put yourself in their shoes. Consider their viewpoint. Youth and teens face significant peer pressure, especially through social media. Relate to them using empathy and understanding. Imagine the obstacles and pressure they may face.

Avoid lecturing, scare tactics, and using fear. Take a calm and open approach to speaking with them. Ask questions, or ask them what they know about vaping. Avoid casting judgment.

Make this conversation frequent; it should not be a one-time talk. Kids should be able to speak to you openly about what they are facing, which is accomplished by having frequent conversations.

Help your child manage stress and peer pressure. Provide them with resources that can help them manage peer pressure. Follow up with them frequently.

Know What to Look For

Many common brands of e-cigarettes look like USB flash drives or are purposely shaped to be inconspicuous. Due to their designs, these harmful devices may not be easily detectable.

Can You Spot The Vapes?

What Are the Health Effects of Vaping

Electronic cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid containing nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals that make the vapor or aerosol. Users inhale the aerosol into their lungs.

The health risks may include some of the following:

  • Addiction because e-cigarettes contain nicotine.
  • Nicotine can worsen anxiety and depression and create sleeping problems.
  • E-cigarettes can lead to smoking regular tobacco cigarettes.
  • Users are exposed to cancer-causing chemicals.
  • It can lead to chronic bronchitis and lung damage.

Health officials have pointed out that vaping nicotine poses serious and avoidable health risks. Exposure to it at a young age causes long-term harm to brain development.

Resources to Help Parents

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American Lung Association

The American Lung Association offers extensive resources to help parents speak to their kids about vaping and valuable information about e-cigarettes.

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CVS Health Foundation

The CVS Health Foundation provides resources for parents and communities. This includes the facts about vaping.

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Nemours Kids Health

Nemours Kids Health offers parents information about vaping and how to recognize the signs.

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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids offers resources and tips to talk to your kids about vaping.

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