Help Prevent E-Cigarette Use
Parents, Talk To Your Kids
Teens, and even tweens, are embracing vaping. In 2018 government statistics have found that 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students had used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days when asked. Most with e-cigarettes that can look like cigarettes, pens or USB data storage drives. Devices that look like pens or USB drives often go undetected in schools.
Advice from Tanya Rodewald, APRN, with Southeast Pediatrics
- Parents should talk to their children about e-cigarettes just as they would with cigarettes.
- Start talking early, even as young as five or six, and continue the conversation as they grow up.
- Be open with communication and make kids feel comfortable so they will come to parents to talk.
- Don’t accuse them, just educate them about why tobacco is bad.
"Young people do not appear to be aware of the addictive powers of e-cigarettes. Marketing campaigns are not helping because they portray e-cigarettes to be a healthier option. Also, studies have shown that teens who vape are more likely to ‘graduate’ to tobacco.”
-Tonya Rodewald, APRN