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4 Tips for Keeping Your Kids From Vaping

The proof is out there, like the adult population, more teens and adolescents are trying e-cigarettes. For many these numbers are troublesome. However, while the popularity of e-cigarettes has increased, the incidence of smoking among teens has been dramatically reduced. According to a CDC report, teen smoking is down 9.2%. This is the lowest these numbers have been in decades.

While the use of e-cig has risen with adolescents and teens, it has also steadily gained popularity with many adults. This means the increase in e-cig use in the younger population likely mirrors the trend in society in general. As vaping becomes more popular with adults, so will its popularity with kids and teens.

Still, no one wants someone to begin vaping, especially a child. Vaping can lead to a lifelong addiction to nicotine. While there’s a lot of debate as to whether an e-cigarette can act as a gateway to a long-term nicotine addiction, most people would agree that kids should not be vaping.

Whether you’re an advocate for e-cigarettes or an opponent, you’d have to admit that vaping is not good for children. No one wants a child to fall into a habit that has the potential to be troublesome in the future. Here are some tips on how to education your child about vaping and help them stay safe.

1. Talk to Your Kids

The key to keeping your kids from vaping is communication. Most parents are prepared to talk to their kids about cigarettes, drug, and alcohol, but most forget about vaping. In fact, since vaping has only recently become popular, many parents may not consider it an issue.

Inform your children about e-cigarettes, the same way as you might discuss any substance they may be curious about. Tell your child about the perils of nicotine use and habit and the problem of addition. Share your own personal experiences and also help them understand why adults use e-cigarettes.

2. Keep Devices and E-Liquids Away For Your Kids

Don’t leave your e-cigarette devices, accessories, and e-liquid, where they are accessible to your younger children. There is a real danger in swallowing or drinking e-liquid.

To keep your children safe, make sure you have a safe area designated for the storage of your devices, accessories, and e-liquids. Make sure your children know that your e-liquid are off limits and are not for consumption.

3. Don’t Glamorize Vaping

We live in a gadget-driven culture. Vaping is a clear example of this. There are various ways to personalize and modify, your vaping devices. Generally, the devices have shiny exteriors and accessories. For the most part, e-cigarettes look pretty cool and fun.

Still, you should be clear to your children that vaping is not glamorous and that it’s not a cool thing for them to do. Be honest with your kids about why you choose to vape and why you started in the first place. For many, vaping helped them to cut down or eliminate cigarette use. Let them know if you’ve struggled with nicotine addiction, which is not a struggle you want them to take on.

4. Track Online Activity

One of the common claims put forth by e-cigarette opponents is how easy it is for a teen to purchase e-cigarettes online. Honestly, there is some truth to this claim. There are laws in 42 states that ban the sale of vaping products to a minor, which makes it more difficult for a teen to buy these devices and accessories in their local stores.

Most reputable sites have safeguards in place to curtail the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products to minors, even in states that do not have age restrictions or other regulations. The FDA may soon have national regulations in place that will outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products to minors. These rules will stop the sale of these products nationally, however, it will not stop international sites from selling e-cigs to adolescents and teens.

It’s up to parents to practice some type of online security or monitoring to ensure your children are keeping safe while on the Internet. This includes stopping them from buying products that they are not allowed to have.

If you’re a parent your job is to keep your children safe. If you’ve struggled with nicotine addiction, the last thing you want is to see your children suffering from the same problem. The key factor is communication. Help your child make the right decisions in life. Be honest about your struggles, share your experiences with your children. This will help them make better decisions for themselves.

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  1. This is such a good post! I started smoking when I was younger due to peer pressure from my friends and the fact that everyone was doing it… I know that I was stupid! Now my daughter is reaching her teenage years I worry the same for her as it’s really not something I would like her to do and I would definitely not like her to vape especially because it is the ‘in’ thing. I attempted to give up smoking with the help of an e-cigarette a few years ago and it actually made me severely ill, to the point I had to be admitted to hospital. Definitely not something I would want for my own child or anyone else’s for that matter xx

    1. Both the boys smoke, although one keeps giving up with vaping and then going out and smoking again, but think he will do it in time, my Daughter I can’t see her ever smoking and luckily she is strong willed and won’t give into peer pressure x

  2. I see so many kids vaping these days and it really angers me. Vaping vines and slow mo videos are unbearably cringeworthy, but kids love them and want to copy the tricks they see.

  3. Very good tips, the truth is that it’s a bit complicate subject, because if they are vaping maybe they are not smoking, but I agree we should keep them away from that too!

    1. It is a complicated subject my two boys smoke, although one is trying to give up by vaping, I can not see my daughter ever smoking though x

  4. In my town, during the past 6 months, a lot of vaping “shops” have opened. The other night I was coming back from London, it was around 11pm, and from one of them the music was blasting out and a cloud of smoke was surrounding the location, you couldn’t see a thing. I don’t think this is healthy at all and kids shouldn’t be attracted by it.

  5. I’ve noticed loads of teens vaping in our area recently and I’m glad my 13 year old thinks it’s as bad as smoking. I don’t think she’ll be trying either any time soon. Phew!

    Louise x

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