Teen vaping quickly became an epidemic due to a number of different factors. From the social pressure it created to its prominence in popular culture, teens quickly caught on to the vaping craze, especially because it was deceptively touted as a smoking alternative that didn’t cause as much harm to the body. Unfortunately, regardless of any claims that vaping manufacturers have made, it contains addictive chemicals such as nicotine which creates a dependency that is difficult to break.
As of today, high school vaping has increased drastically by close to 78% according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. That means that over a quarter of all high school students use vaping devices on a regular basis. So what can be done about the vaping epidemic and how can you stop your kids from vaping?
The Addictive Qualities of Vaping
Vaping liquids contain nicotine, an addictive chemical compound that can be found in regular cigarettes. It is highly addictive and hooks teens on vaping while potentially causing damage to their developing brains. The vapor can also contain harmful chemicals such as acrolein and diacetyl which can cause serious lung damage. Recently, there have been a number of increased reports of vaping-related lung illnesses and even deaths due to the chemicals found in aftermarket vaping products.
Due to these dangers, it’s become an increasing concern for parents that have noticed their teenagers getting addicted to vaping. So in this article, we’re going to talk about a number of concerns and tips to help your teens quit:
1. Coping With Social Pressure
As if the addictive chemicals in vaping liquids weren’t enough to hook your child, the social pressure from their fellow peers also gets many children addicted at a young age. Because of these pressures, it’s important to get your teenager talking about why they want to fit in with that crowd and why worrying about their health is more important than appearing cool or fitting in.
Social pressure is usually the leading cause of teenagers being introduced to vaping. Understandably, it’s not easy to ask your teenager to turn away from their friends, especially if they’ve also been vaping. It may be worth speaking to their parents or to the school in order to find ways to cope with the social pressure of vaping.
If your child has already picked up a vaping habit, work with professionals to create a plan to quit and avoid social pressure so as not to relapse. Social pressure is also one of the main causes of smoking relapses, so there are surprisingly similar circumstances between vaping and real tobacco.
2. Stating Facts When Appropriate
A lot of parents try to use facts and reasons to help their child quit vaping, but it’s important not to overdo it. Don’t barrage your child with facts and reasons why they should stop vaping. Instead, it’s crucial that you speak to them on their level and talk about the risks and disadvantages of vaping. You need to understand vaping from their perspective and recognize that they might be doing it to fit in with different crowds or because their friends are pressuring them to do it.
For instance, you can talk about the fact that vaping liquids contain nicotine, an addictive chemical that is found in real cigarettes. You can also talk about the recent reports of illness and death which are caused by vaping and also the dangers of using aftermarket products, something that has gained popularity among teen vapers. Let them know that you are concerned for them and their health.
3. Give Them Control
Your teenager ultimately wants to feel comfortable with their own decisions. They want to know that they’re in control of their own lives and that they have the power and knowledge to make smarter decisions. You can take advantage of this by letting them know the realities of the vaping industry—that they’re trying to exploit teenagers into buying their vaping liquids and products.
This is evident in the fruity and sweet flavors that vape liquid manufacturers are starting to create and market. JUUL, one of the more well-known vaping manufacturers, has been pressured by the Food and Drug Administration to actually remove some of its flavors from retails stores and also change their marketing so that it stops appealing to so many teenagers. As teenagers become aware of the manipulation of vaping companies and the dangers of vaping, many may choose for themselves to avoid it altogether.
4. Be Firm and Get Help
In most cases with teenagers who have a vaping habit, you want to be as firm as possible in your conviction to help them stop vaping. You can consider ordering nicotine urine tests and using them on a regular basis until your teenager is completely clean. You can also consider punishments to discipline them and motivate them to stop. The severity of your punishments needs to be controlled so that it doesn’t exacerbate the situation, but you need to be firm on your stance against vaping.
If you’re serious about stopping your teenager from vaping again, then you should consider talking to a therapist or signing them up for a quit-smoking program. This can seem embarrassing for your teen, but there are private services and mentoring available that can provide positive support and help improve teen-parent relationships.
5. Set the Example
Lastly, you need to set an example. If you’re smoking or vaping around your child, then you’re likely not going to convince them to quit. You have to be the change that you want to see in your child, so getting help together or encouraging each other to stop can be a fantastic way to help your child.
This is perhaps one of the most powerful ways to help your child quit vaping. By setting an example and being a close source of inspiration, your child has someone to follow. This will greatly increase their chances of successfully quitting vaping and make could also help you personally quit smoking or vaping as well.
If you believe your child has been the victim of a defective product or if he or she has suffered serious injury related to vaping, you may be entitled to compensation. There is currently a class action lawsuit against the vaping giant, JUUL. Contact an attorney who is familiar with the class action vaping lawsuit to see if you qualify.