Recent research informs parents on potential risks linked to youth vaping.
“…young people who use THC or nicotine products in any form, including e-cigarettes or vaporizers, are uniquely at risk for long-lasting effects. Because these substances affect the development of the brain’s reward system, continued use can lead to addiction (the likelihood of addiction increases considerably for those who start young), as well as other health problems” (drugfree.org).
Three risks linked to youth vaping:
- The marketing is often geared to youth – flavors, product design and colors are appealing.
- Concentrated chemicals and synthetic products can cause damage to the lungs – Teens might be under the false assumption that vaping is safer if there is no tobacco.
- The transition to tobacco products if often easier.
What you can do:
- Create a safe space to have an open conversation.
- Let them know that you don’t approve.
- Find out why and provide alternative, healthier behaviors.