Parents: Are you aware if your teen is vaping?

“It’s not just something that’s limited to one social group”

“It’s not just like the group of kids who, like, are stoners. It’s theathletes. It’s the nerds. It’s everybody. It’s infiltrated every social clique.

Every type of person knows someone — or maybe they are that person — who is vaping.”

Alarming Statistics

  • Teens’ use of e-cigarettes has doubled since 2017.
  • More than one in four high school students in the U.S. use e-cigarettes, as teen vaping rates surged to yet another record.
  • While vaping rates among high school students hit a new high, teen smoking hit a new low of 5.8%.
  • Juul makes sleek devices that are easy to use and to hide. (Some look like USB drives)
  • One pod may contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

More Concerns

  • CDC has reported severe lung illness and deaths linked to vaping.
  • Vaping is a big part of teen culture. Many teens think nothing bad will happen to them.
  • Vaping can be highly addictive due to nicotine, others may contain THC.

Take Action – NOW

  • If you suspect your teen may be vaping, consider educating them about the risks.
  • Familiarize yourself with the products, including how they look like. Many are easily concealable.
  • Some teens have been able to acquire these products over the Internet, such as on eBay.
  • Help your teen quit. You can start with the national quitline number 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669), which is operated by the National Cancer Institute, to be routed to a local quitline.

Sources:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/12/cdc-says-teen-vaping-surges-to-more-than-1-in-4-high-school-students.html

khn.org/news/for-generation-juul-nicotine-addiction-happens-fast-and-is-hard-to-shake/