How to Talk With Your Kids About Vaping [GUIDE]

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Vaping’s popularity exploded seemingly overnight, and it took many parents and families by surprise. Vaping, or Juuling as it is often referred to by teens and young adults (named after a popular vape device called JUUL), is the inhaling and exhaling of an aerosol produced by using a vape device.

According to the University of Michigan’s 2017 Monitoring the Future study, nearly 1 in 3 high school seniors tried vaping in the past year. Advertising is often geared toward teens and young adults, with brightly colored vape pens and thousands of flavors to choose from. Some kids vape marijuana, too. But for every story or article touting the benefits of vaping, there are an equal number raising concerns about the risks of vaping, especially for teens and young adults.

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"We want parents to be prepared to have important conversations with their child, just as they would with any other substance."

Pat Aussem, Parent & Clinician

We’ve created a vaping guide for parents to help you understand what vaping is, its appeal to youth and what research has to say about both the risks and unknowns. We’ve also identified some signs to look for and what to do if you are concerned that your child may try or actually is vaping, and offer some advice on what to say when talking with your child about vaping.

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This comprehensive resource will explain the culture of vaping, what the current research says, and how to have difficult conversations about vaping or juuling with your child.

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    Lisa

    June 9, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    Thank you for your guide so much! I’m having “smoking” problems with my kids so any information on this topic is very useful for me. I must say your guide is the most precious! Thank you for your job!

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    Kelley Powell

    November 29, 2018 at 7:04 AM

    I just am at a loss.. my step son just cane to live with us and his father allows him to come and go as he pleases, he smokes pot, comes home baked every night and he also vapes and my husband buys it. I tell him that he is wrong to allow this behavior and we fight about it, he hates me because I won’t say yes to any of it and try to make his father see reason. I raised 4 children already (not his) and would have never allowed this behavior and now I have to sit back and watch my husband allow his son to destroy himself. I’m at a loss…

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      Josie Feliz

      November 29, 2018 at 12:10 PM

      Thanks for your message Kelley. We have forwarded your message to one of our helpline specialists who can help better answer your question, and she will be reaching out to you shortly.

      Our Helpline is a good place to start if you’d like to talk to someone about what you’re going through. Feel free to connect with us in whichever manner you choose in the future: https://drugfree.org/helpline.

      Thank you. -The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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      Arlo

      December 17, 2018 at 12:43 PM

      It is the parents responsibility to set clear and concise guidelines. If your husband has a different set of expectation than you and is not willing to respect you or your parenting style than perhaps it is time for you to move on. You don’t have to sit back. Move on. Next. Their loss. Life is to short to “sit back and surrender”. In 10 years will you regret the decisions you make today?

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      Benjamin Pipkin

      July 16, 2019 at 9:26 PM

      Kelley, he is not “destroying” himself. There is some evidence that smoking a lot of pot can have a negative effect on developing brains, but much of that is tied to the combustion (smoke) constricting blood vessels, which is why “vaping” devices for marijuana were created. I smoked for 20 years and was only able to quit for short sprints but would inevitably start up again. I discovered e-cigarettes 6 years ago and will never touch another cigarette, even if electronic cigarettes were to disappear tomorrow. I have tapered down to a fraction of the nicotine and now just need to break the other parts of the addiction like the hand to mouth. When I was your sons age, I had step parents, both of which I disliked immensely. I am now the step father to 3 kids and I love them like they are my own and we have a very different dynamic, maybe the only good thing that came out of my stepmother is what to NOT do. I don’t presume to know anything about your stepson or you , but I know kids, and I know divorce. I also know that some of the most successful of my childhood friends were “stoners”, I was too. Looking back, I can see a common thread that we all shared, maybe it’s what attracted us to drugs and each other. Most of us made it out just fine, the ones that didn’t were taken down by alcohol. Do you drink? The last thing you want to do is push your stepson underground so he hides everything from his Dad. That happened to me and it had a nasty effect on my childhood and made life much much harder than it needed to be. I am 48 now with a teenage daughter who is going through teenage things. She could have gone in any direction, thankfully she is laser focused on her 4.0 GPA, when I was her age I was drinking and smoking pot in my friends basement. If you are going to be angry, point it at the advertising industry and tobacco industry and the politicians that have allowed this to go on. Vaping is not new, not at all, in fact the FDA has been moving at a snails pace to regulate it for years. The long term effects of vaping are unknown, but it’s well known that it is nowhere near as dangerous as smoking, the studies about formaldehyde and all the other scares have been debunked over and over. Kids do what the media tells them to do, then kids copy other kids. That’s the way it’s always been. Getting mad at a kid for being a kid is futile, getting mad at your husband for trying to keep an open channel is also not wise. You will lose that battle. The only way to make it work is to be a united front with Dad, no matter what, otherwise, your toast. Also, keep in mind, if you suddenly flip your husband over to your side, it won’t stop your step son from doing what he’s doing, he will just lose respect for his father. You don’t have to be the parents who let their kids drink as long as it’s at home, or be the cool stepmom, but tread carefully, your life will be least effected by the years to come. Your husband and stepson are the ones who will feel this most. As far as pot goes, it’s not a gateway, but it’s also not great to let life Fly by while you’re stoned. Don’t make it a rebellion issue, instead focus on things that may be slipping as a result, like grades. A step-parent should never be a best friend but they will also never be the parent. That’s just the way it is. If all your kids made it out of their youth unscathed, congrats , they beat the odds. Remember that your son is being raised by his friends, and his friends parents, more than by his own now. Save your freak outs for real crisis’ , the world is a scary place right now, there are many other things to freak out about.

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