Vaping is a trend that has been on the rise recently, specifically for adolescents in middle school and high school. This trend of using various types of e-cigarettes is an addictive process that more adolescents are engaging in or are curious about. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, levels that are comparable or higher to that of a traditional cigarette. The nicotine in these products puts our teens at risk for addiction and use of other tobacco products. Talking with our adolescents to educate and help them navigate peer situations where this is occurring is important for their health and development.
With this trend becoming popular quickly, it can feel overwhelming in attempting to talk to your teen about their experiences and knowledge about this product. Vaping may not be a topic some parent are entirely familiar with, but this conversation is like many others you have had or will have with your teen. To help in getting started, here are a few tips for addressing this with your adolescent: