Their bodies already know the truth

Vapes are marketed as a safer alternative to smoking, and two out of three teens think vapes are just flavor and water.
Even short-term users have had night sweats, rapid heart rates, and nausea; in extreme cases, they’ve ended up hospitalized, in comas, and on life support with damaged lungs. No matter what the marketing leads kids to believe, their bodies know the truth.
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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.

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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.

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Sweet/fruity scents linger around your child

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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.”

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Your teen starts experiencing unexplained nosebleeds

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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.

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Extreme mood swing become increasingly common

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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.

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You start seeing unfamiliar chargers, coils, or batteries

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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.

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There are sudden changes in your teen's diet

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Deaths in the US

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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California use is above the national average

In California, the number of high schoolers who admit to vaping is 23% higher than the national average.

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Vapers are 4X more likely to smoke

According to a study conducted in Los Angeles high schools, kids who vape are four times more likely to take up cigarettes.

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Get Ready to

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.

The harm caused by vaping may be worse than you think. Learn the facts from credible, scientifically based sources like this page, so you can communicate the truth to your child or teenager.
Before telling them what you think, open your ears and mind to hear what they have to say. Try to understand their perspective and the reasons they vape or have the desire to try vaping.
One of the best things you can do is lead by example: don’t smoke or vape! If you do smoke, vape, or use tobacco products, be open about your own experience and struggles with quitting.
This isn’t a “one and done” talk. Talking through things over the course of many conversations is encouraged. After all, your kids will repeatedly encounter the temptation to vape.

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.

While it may be hard to reserve judgment, do your best to stay positive and supportive of your teen. However, be firm. Establish that vaping is NOT OK and convey your expectations.

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