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How to Talk to Your Child About Vaping

posted Dec 14, 2018, 11:23 AM by Kelly Taylor   [ updated Dec 14, 2018, 11:44 AM ]

Vaping is being marketed to youth with its many fun shapes, colours, sizes and flavours. Vapourizing products are made to resemble pens, USB sticks, everyday items, cigarettes, cigars or pipes. 
Due to this, vaping may go unnoticed in schools and around the community. These vaporizers or e-cigarettes are battery operated devices that change a liquid mix of chemical ingredients, also known as e-juice, into a vapour that can be inhaled. 
Youth think it’s harmless, they think it’s only flavored water. It is not! They don’t know e-juice often contains chemicals such as propylene glycol, acetaldehyde, vegetable glycerin, diacetyl, benzene nickel, tin, lead, flavouring chemicals, additives and often nicotine. Inhaling these chemicals can have negative health effects. 

Tips to help you talk to your kids
  • Know the facts. Educate yourself so you can talk about it.
  • Help your kids plan ahead for social situations; this is most likely where vaping will be offered. Talk about how to avoid use and say no.
  • Encourage open conversations. This may be many small conversations over time. Try to find a natural time to discuss vaping, for example when you see someone using vaping products.
  • Ask your kids if they are vaping. Be patient, ready to listen and avoid criticizing. 
  • Ask for support if needed from a health care provider or another trusted adult. 
  • Be a positive role model; don’t use tobacco or vaporizing products
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