Vaping and E-Cigarettes: What Parents Should Know

Puff Bar

 

Signs Your Child May Be Vaping:

  • Unexplained smells (fruit, mint, etc.)
  • Increased thirst
  • Increased nosebleeds
  • Caffeine sensitivity/avoiding caffeine
  • Mood swings
  • Unexplained handheld devices in their room, purse, backpack, or vehicle
  • Unexplained batteries and chargers
  • Finding vape parts such as atomizers or e-liquid bottles

 

Disposable E-Cigarettes

 

Potential Dangers for Youth:

  • Nicotine is an addictive substance, whether contained in cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, or vapes.  Use of nicotine by youth can result in memory and attention problems, addiction, and interference with brain development.
  • E-liquid not containing nicotine can still be unsafe for children and teens to use, and can result in negative health effects such as lung damage, chronic cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, and other issues.
  • While invented for smoking cessation by adults, vapes and e-cigarettes are not typically used by youth for smoking cessation, but are often a starting point for substance use.
  • Multiple illicit substances can also be used in vapes and e-cigarettes.  Using these substances in vapes and e-cigarettes can make smells harder to detect versus smoking those substances.
  • Vaping and use of e-cigarettes can normalize behaviors related to other substance use.
  • Youth have a low perception of risk regarding vapes and e-cigarettes, with many mistakenly believing they are harmless and contain only water vapor.
  • There is a lack of extensive longterm research on the effects of vaping and e-cigarettes.  Additional dangers not presently known may exist.

 

Juul E-Cigarette

 

 

More Information on Vaping and E-Cig Dangers for Youth:

 

Yale Medicine – Teen Vaping Linked to More Health Risks

CDC – Quick Facts on the Risks of E-Cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

FDA – Think E-Cigs Can’t Harm Teens’ Health?

U.S. Surgeon General – Know The Risks on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults

Truth Initiative – What are Puff Bars?

 

 

Suorin Drop vaping devices

 

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