As you may be aware, vaping has become increasingly popular among young people in recent years, and it poses significant health risks to our teens. Parents are the #1 influence in their children’s lives. Let’s start the conversation about teens and vaping.
The nicotine in vaping products is highly addictive and can have harmful effects on the developing brain. Studies have shown that vaping can cause lung damage, respiratory problems, and other serious health issues. Moreover, vaping can lead to the use of other tobacco products, which can have even more severe consequences.
As parents, it’s important to talk to your children about the dangers of vaping and nicotine use. Make sure they understand the risks and help them develop healthy habits that will protect them from the harms of addiction. It’s also important to set a good example by avoiding vaping and smoking yourself.
If you suspect that your child is vaping or using nicotine, don’t ignore it. Take the time to talk to them about the dangers and help them quit. There are many resources available to parents and caregivers such as the Caron Student Assistant Program. Caron offers evidence-informed educational programming and resources to help prepare you to raise drug-free youth and teens as well as to support you if concerns arise.
Remember, prevention is key. By having open and honest conversations with your children and providing them with the right tools and resources, you can help them make healthy choices and avoid the dangers of nicotine addiction.