Their bodies already know the truth
Vaping is a threat
that is hiding in plain sight
One reason vaping exploded in popularity is because it's easy to do out in the open: vape pens are sleek and compact, and there's no ash, smoke, or cigarette smell. But once you know the signs, the threat is easy to detect.
Vape liquid comes in a variety of flavors that kids find irresistible – flavors such as mango, cotton candy and bubble gum, to name a few. If your child is vaping, these scents can linger in the air – and similar to cigarettes, many users report that the scent clings to their clothing.
Sweet/fruity scents linger around your child
Propylene glycol is one of the main ingredients in many vape liquids, and if the smoke is exhaled through the nose, it can dry out nasal tissues and cause nosebleeds. And one vape user described the sensation as, “You know when you touch an open wound and it burns? That’s what it felt like – there was a really strong burning inside my nose.”
Your teen starts experiencing unexplained nosebleeds
Vaping delivers a potent dose of nicotine which can completely rewire the teen brain, resulting in poor impulse control, anxiety, learning impairment, and mood disorders. Since teen brains are more vulnerable to nicotine addiction, kids who vape often advance to smoking cigarettes and are at an increased risk of addiction to other drugs.
Extreme mood swing become increasingly common
Even though vape manufacturers claim their products are safer alternatives to cigarettes, some vape pods contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. Nicotine narrows the body’s blood vessels, restricting the blood flow to the brain, heart, and other organs. This can result in headaches. Many teens have reported nausea, dizziness, and night sweats.
Your teen is experiencing headaches / nausea
Many vape pens and products look sleek and high-tech – that’s one of the reasons why they appeal to teens. In fact, one of JUUL’s founders was a design engineer at Apple. You may find odd-looking gadgets around your house, including batteries, coils, chargers – even eye-droppers – and those may indicate someone in your household is vaping.
You start seeing unfamiliar chargers, coils, or batteries
Vaping can dry out the skin of the throat and mouth. As a result, teens who vape may drink more water and liquids to hydrate that dry-mouth sensation. Because a dry mouth can also make food seem less flavorful, some people who vape increase their use of salt and other seasonings just to give their food more taste.
There are sudden changes in your teen's diet
Youth vaping is an
The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that youth vaping is so pervasive, it is a public health epidemic. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has unequivocally stated that e-cigarettes are unsafe for children, teens, and young adults.
38 states, 11 deaths, 530 cases of mysterious lung disease*
*That’s just the tally as of September 25, 2019. So far, the CDC believes that vapes are to blame, but they have not officially identified the cause.
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Make a Difference
As a parent, what you do and say has a tremendous impact on your child's attitude toward vaping. These tips will help guide a productive, ongoing conversation.
Communicate risks, the tactics e-cigarette companies are using to market to teens, and establish that vaping is not something you are okay with because of the harm it causes. Kids are hungry for the truth – speak in a way that’s free of judgment but don’t sugarcoat it.
"If you put children at risk for the sake of profit, you’ll face serious consequences."
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We are doing whatever it takes to keep teens from vaping. These evidence-based resources can help you and your teen stop or steer clear of vaping.
Los Angeles City Attorney’s Tobacco Enforcement Program
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