Vaping and Parenting 2018-10-17T04:59:31+00:00

Vaping and Parenting

It is a widely-known fact that the main reason for people to quit smoking is when they become a parent.

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Getting rid of this addiction can prove to be extremely difficult, which is why many have now started switching to e-cigs. Mimicking the sensation of smoking up to a certain point, vaping makes life way easier for those struggling with a nicotine withdrawals.

It is also a known fact that children learn from their parents’ behavior. So, it may not be long before your child gets curious about this device that their parents use to exhale a lovely smelling cloud of vapor, and would want to try it out. Moreover, vaping is becoming a hip thing, which can attract young people easily. Let’s see what your options as a parent are.

A Rise in Vaping Among Teenagers

According to federal statistics, smoking among teenagers has been a major concern for a number of years. It states that around 90% of people who smoke, start smoking before they reach the age of 19. Since vaping has become a ‘’thing’’, the rise in numbers of vaping teens has also become a great reason for concern.

Vaping is rapidly becoming a popular pastime among high school students, as it is more difficult to detect via smell for instance. By 2015, 19% of high school boys and 12.8% of high school girls have tried an electronic cigarette.

Vaping and Parenting: The Good News

Two interesting pieces of information to note.

Firstly, between 2013 and 2014, the statistics of high school students who have smoked tobacco cigarettes, have dropped from 12.7% to 9.2%. The reason being that high school kids have decided to make a switch from tobacco to vaping, or that ‘’new smokers’’ have started vaping instead of smoking in the first place.

Secondly, a study which has been sponsored by the United Kingdom has claimed that vaping devices are much safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes.

So, if we put together the two above pieces of research, it debunks the claim that vaping is a gateway for teenagers to the world of tobacco.

Vaping and Parenting: The Bad News

Just because of the above, it doesn’t mean that parents shouldn’t be concerned. Vaping is relatively new, and there is no long-term data available indicating the harmfulness of vaping. As mentioned previously, vaping doesn’t come with that distinct smell of tobacco, and it evaporates way faster than smoke.

Vaping devices can also be concealable and difficult to distinguish from a normal writing pen, depending on the model that the teenager uses. This means that it could be difficult for a parent of the teacher to catch a teenager smoking red handed.

Vaping around infants is never a good idea. Vapor contains nicotine and Propylene Glycol, which in all possibility can cause irritation of the throat, which can have the same harmful effects in babies.

A great risk these days is that some vaporizers are designed to smoke illegal substances. Again, because the devices can be concealed easily, and don’t necessarily produce huge clouds of vapor, it is more difficult to spot when your teenager is using his or her vaporizer to smoke marijuana.

How to Know if Your Child Is Vaping

Just like with any other substance use that someone is trying to hide, vaping and parenting don’t necessarily have to be difficult tasks to juggle. Here are seven subtle signals that your teen might be vaping:

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Unfamiliar objects

Vaping devices come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The most common device chosen by a teenager would be a vape pen, as it can be difficult to distinguish between such a device and a normal writing pen. If the device can’t write, it is possibly a vaporizer. Look for holes on these unfamiliar devices.

Mysterious Aroma

Vapor doesn’t give off the same nasty smell that smoke does, in fact, it smells delicious. Deodorants come in different flavors, but you will hardly find one that smells like mint, fruit punch, or candy for instance. Also, if you as a parent catch a sudden whiff of this, but none of your kids are around, consider that a vape juice may be hidden somewhere. The smell doesn’t stick onto clothing for too long, unlike deodorant.

Sensitivity to Caffeine

It is easy for someone who vapes to develop a sensitivity to caffeine. So if your teenager used to love his or her cup of coffee in the morning, or other caffeinated drinks such as Red Bull – and suddenly they stop drinking those, it could be because they have developed a sensitivity to the caffeine content of the drink.

They are Thirsty All the Time

The chemical characteristics of Propylene Glycol (PG), one of the ingredients in vaping flavors, makes it attract water molecules from its surroundings. So, when vapor enters the mouth, PG gives the user dry mouth, hence increasing thirstiness. In other words, your child’s excuse for drinking more water isn’t necessarily because they want to be healthier, but to support a more unhealthy habit.

Weird metallic wires and cotton wicks

Thin metallic coils and organic cotton, as well as empty plastic vials lying around, should be seen as a red flag. It’s most probably not for a science project.

Discarded atomizers

Again, not a science project. The atomizer of a vaporizer is the device that turns the juice into vapor. After a while, atomizers will burn out and needs to be replaced now and then. One of those in your kid’s trash can is a sign of your child vaping.

Interesting Batteries and Chargers

Okay, so most of your everyday devices these days needs to be charged. Nothing unfamiliar about that. Some vaporizers are charged using a USB cable. If your kid’s phone doesn’t use these specific cables, or if you see an unfamiliar battery on the charger, chances are you will find a vaping device in the vicinity.

So Your Child is a Vaper. What Now?

Step one to vaping and parenting: don’t panic! Here are some general guidelines to help you as a parent deal with the situation:

Deglamorize Vaping

This is probably the most difficult one, as there are many television ads showing good looking people, looking good while vaping. Children are curious, and they will probably want to try it out themselves (most probably watching themselves in the mirror while doing this). If you’re a vaper yourself, try your best not to vape in front of your children, and try to look ‘’uncool’’ when you do it. If you have a sleek and elegant looking vape, conceal it. If necessary, preach. Explain to your children that you are vaping to reduce the harmfulness of tobacco.

Keep Your Vaping Accessories Out of Reach

Be a vaper that is responsible. Remember that most of the vaping gear isn’t child proof, except for the juices, which for some reason is easier for kids to open than it is for adults (trust me on this one). Keep your gear away from your curious children. Not only will they probably want to try it out, but if they do it wrong, it can have hazardous effects. It is also important to remember that e-liquids can contain nicotine and can cause nicotine poisoning when ingested.

Have the Talk

This is the most common advice given to parents when having to deal with their children’s issues. However, in the vase of vaping and parenting, you may want to explain to your child that the reason for you to quit smoking in the first place, was for their sake and that you wouldn’t want to see them taking the same path with addiction that you did. Another approach is simply forbidding it, but I’m sure most parents know very well how this approach goes down, especially in teenagers.

But whatever you decide to do, keep it casual and your mind open. Don’t ask yes or no questions, but rather questions such as ‘’do you know many kids who vape?’’ etc. Take note of their reaction.

Remember, children these days are more health savvy than a few years ago. If they know about the dangers of addiction, there is a chance that they will listen to what you have to say, and may even follow your advice.

To get to the root of the problem to stop them from vaping is to help them resist peer pressure in all its forms. Many people that start vaping are only doing so to fit in with the crowd. Parents role in discouraging teens from giving in to peer pressure is an important part of parenting. Building teens self-esteem is crucial to help them avoid making bad choices and should prevent them from vaping or other vices just to fit in.

Set an Example

Don’t want your children vaping? Don’t vape yourself. This gives out a way more powerful message than preaching to them about the rights and wrongs in life. Vaping AND parenting – not the best idea. Kids will inevitably take on whatever habits their parents have. Whether it is smoking cigarettes, drug use or vaping.

Vaping and Parenting: Conclusion

Even if vaping gets more and more popular, it is not a good idea for kids to get started. Especially when the vape juice in question is loaded with nicotine. Chronic exposure to nicotine can lead to changes in the brain. Developing brains like teens, are especially at risk for damage.

Whether or not e-cigarettes are safe, minors shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near it. The government and FDA are planning to put in place very strict rules and regulations, and many states prohibit the sale of e-cigs to minors. However, as a parent, you’re the only one responsible for keeping your kids from vaping. A little knowledge and vigilance can go a long way in keeping your kids healthy.

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Christina Matthews

I love the written word, and in my career as a journalist, I strive to provide the facts about everything I write about. There are too many false and alarmist stories out there about life and vaping mainly. My mission is to make e-cigarettes less scary to people with informative articles and extensive research on not only the possible evils of cigarettes and Big Tobacco, but the objective side of e-cigs.

12 Comments
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    nama jeff

    April 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm Reply

    no

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    Claire

    May 28, 2018 at 2:21 am Reply

    I mean yeah it’s bad but don’t cut him off cold turkey. I know parents who have done that and their kids get mood and sometimes violent. I mean yes you should take it away but if it’s like 50 nic you need to slowly bring him down so he doesn’t crash. After a week and he’s at 0 take it away he doesn’t need it anymore.

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      GOD

      September 25, 2018 at 1:10 am Reply

      who in gods name is doing 50 nic. holy shit that child can take enough nicotine to kill an elephant

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    M.Marinelli

    August 21, 2018 at 8:04 pm Reply

    Shocked when I saw my neighbors barely 6 yr old son puffing on a vape. I immediately called his mother and almost fell off my chair when I told her he was outside puffing on a vape. I assumed he snuck it from his father who I have seen using a vape. Her response was “Yes I know, I’m out here with him!!!

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    Lou

    August 25, 2018 at 12:05 am Reply

    One night, I started smelling a strange smell. Not a bad smell, actually kind of like a dryer sheet. Then I started feeling odd. I felt as if I had just had truck driver convenience store coffee. My nerves were shaking like a leaf. I dismissed it. This would only happen when my son was home., Then I found the supplies in his draw as I put up clothing., Am I the only one that has had second-hand vaping effects. Anyone else have this?

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    Lisa

    August 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Claire wth!! No bales are allowed in my house period or in my child’s possession! May treach them a lesson if you cut them off cold turkey it’s not going to kill them. Wow!! smh🤦🏻‍♀️

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      Taylor

      September 12, 2018 at 1:46 am Reply

      First learn how to spell then come back and let us educate you on what happens if you cut someone off cocaine now it’s not bad but if it’s 50s or 60s then they can actually get sick and yes they won’t die but your kid/ kids won’t make it any easier for you when your cleaning their puke up from the floors

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    Jenn

    September 4, 2018 at 5:28 am Reply

    I found the apparatus and threw it out. My son got violent. Should I keep doing this if I find them and he keeps buying them?

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    Ally

    September 14, 2018 at 3:56 pm Reply

    My 14 yr old has started to vape. He goes ballistic if I hide his vape away from him. Violent even. I feel like calling the police, to be honest.

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      alec

      September 24, 2018 at 12:59 am Reply

      withdraw, i found my sisters vape stick thingy and hid it from her, not exactly sure what to do

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    Greg Kelly

    September 25, 2018 at 1:17 am Reply

    Buy them a 0 nicotine vape. Then let them decide if they want nicotine when they are 18. Compromise with your children is healthier than being the person they hate. Put kids in prison-like scenarios and they will get exceptionally good at hiding stuff from you. I am 22 with no children, unqualified to tell anyone how to parent. That said you should be happy they aren’t abusing actual cigarettes and that the trend has died.

    Nicotine dependency can be hard to cope with and the parents suggesting making your kid quit cold turkey obviously have never tried themselves. It takes a seriously one-sided view of the subject to suggest that as an option. Highlight the fact that they need to ween off and that its a dangerous chemical they are not old enough to handle yet. Teach them that the same thing happens with heroin or crack and that they are lucky they only had an issue with nicotine because worse drugs can hospitalize you. Teaching your kids moderation is better than just saying no “because I said so”

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    trish

    September 27, 2018 at 9:41 am Reply

    I feel it’s better to just make them quit cold turkey and yes, I have quit cold turkey (I used to smoke cigarettes). If they “wean” themselves off they will never do it…just an excuse. PS vaping (juuling) is just as bad if not worse then smoking cigarettes…just as much of the bad stuff and a lot of bad chemicals.

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