Parent Information on Vaping
The usage of e-cigarettes among adolescents has dramatically increased over the past several years*. Marketing campaigns by e-cigarette companies are designed to attract young people and do not reveal the hazards, potential hazards and the addictive nature of their products**. E-cigarrettes contain nicotine (addiictive chemical found in cigarettes) and will introduce young people to nicotine and keep them addicted. The products' design are appealing to youth and can go un-noticed by parents - did you know that USB stick might be an E-Cigarette?
We want to offer parents the latest research and information so they may make informed decisions.
If your child has already been introduced to nicotine it may be difficult for them to stop. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm brain development, which continues until about age 25***. There are resources to help your child quit; such as the QuitSTART app and Taking Down Tobacco or Smokefree Teen online programs.
Click American Lung Associations Tobacco Cessation Resources for full list of options.
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
** MMWR October 2015
*** Surgeon General library reports