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Talking to Teens About E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Talking to Teens About E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Two recent studies published by in the American Academy of Pediatrics journal show that e-cigarettes contain cancer causing chemicals and are associated with an increased risk of future cigarette smoking in teens. According to Dr. Susanne Tanski, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., a tobacco prevention expert from the American Academy of Pediatrics, e-cigarettes are now used by 3 million teens making it the most commonly used tobacco product among adolescents. Therefore it is essential for parents to speak with their teenagers about the significant danger of e-cigarettes and vaping. In particular, there are 5 recent discoveries that parents should be aware of.

1. New terminology is used by teens to refer to vaping and e-cigarette devices can take on different forms New terms include “juuling” and “dripping” and devices can look like a pen, a computer memory stick, a car key fob or an asthma inhaler

2. E-cigarettes can be purchased by minors on the Internet Although the legal age to buy e-cigarettes in a retail store is 18, most online stores don’t ask for proof of age

3. E-cigarettes are sold in delicious flavors E-cigarette juices are available in chocolate, coffee, candy and fruit flavors making them very appealing, however they also contain nicotine which makes them addictive and acrylonitrile which makes them carcinogenic (cancer causing)

4. Teens who vape are more likely to try other types of tobacco Studies show that vaping makes teenagers more likely to use cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco because of the addictive potential

5. E-cigarettes don’t help teens to stop smoking Because of the addictive effects of nicotine on a developing teenager’s brain, e-cigarettes aren’t useful in getting teens to stop smoking

Parents should arm themselves with the latest facts about e-cigarettes and vaping and then have an important discussion with their teenagers about the dangers and the risks.

Posted: 5/2/2018 3:21:17 PM | 0 comments