STEP 1What Is Vaping?
Isn’t vaping just “flavored water vapor”?
Are vape devices and e-cigarettes the same thing?
What do e-cigarettes and vaping devices look like?
What are the signs of use?
Vaping is easy to hide, and the signs can be easy to miss. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes don’t leave the telltale scent of tobacco. If you notice any of the following things, it’s best to talk with your child about whether or not they are vaping.
- Presence of Unfamiliar Technology, Online Purchases or Packaging
- Faint Sweet or Fruity Scents
- Behavioral and Mood Changes
- Increased Irritability or Restlessness
- Cutting Back on Caffeine
- Desire for Flavor Due to Tastebud Degradation
- Increased Thirst
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2016.
- Ogunwale, Mumiye A et al. (2017) Aldehyde Detection in Electronic Cigarette Aerosols. ACS omega 2(3): 1207-1214. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.6b00489].
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products.
STEP 2Why Is Vaping Dangerous?
Why should I be concerned if my child is vaping?
What makes it addictive?
Most kids don’t know that the chemicals in a vape pod are this addictive when they try vaping for the first time. They don’t realize that they could be signing up for a lifetime of addiction.
Why is nicotine so harmful?
Why are kids trying it?
- Social Media Influence
- Close Family or Friend Influence
- Smoke Tricks or Interest in Marijuana
4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2016.
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7. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2016.
8. Barrington-Trimis JL, et al. E-cigarette Use and Subsequent Smoking Frequency Among Adolescents.Pediatrics, 2018;142(6):e20180486.
9. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA encourages continued submission of reports related to seizures following e-cigarette use as part of agency’s ongoing scientific investigation of potential safety issue. 7 August 2019.
STEP 3What Is Behind the Epidemic?
How many kids are vaping?
Is the trend growing?
A spike in popularity has been fueled by enticing products, flavors, packaging and advertising that intentionally targets our kids. And all of this leads to misleading children, and eventually getting them addicted to vaping.
Is there regulation?
No vaping product has been approved by the FDA and there aren’t any studies to show the long-term side effects. In 2017, FDA published a rule clarifying that products made or derived from tobacco are regulated as tobacco products–including e-cigarettes and vaping devices.
And while FDA has issued an enforcement policy on flavored e-cigarette products, including fruit and mint flavors that appeal to kids, manufacturers are finding loopholes and continuing to market flavors to kids.
Additionally, many e-cigarette labels still do not disclose whether or not they contain nicotine. Even those that say they do not have nicotine have been found to contain it.¹³
What is Big Tobacco’s involvement?
That’s right - the same companies who funded and promoted cancer-causing cigarettes are the ones funding vaping. Altria, the owner of Marlboro, is the primary investor in JUUL.
Cigarette sales are declining, which means declining profits for Big Tobacco. Tobacco companies have repackaged the same product and are targeting our kids. We have seen this playbook before, and our kids’ health is in the balance.
As parents, you are the best line of defense when it comes to educating and protecting your child. Talk to your kids, before someone else does first.
10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco Product Use and Associated Factors Among Middle and High School Students —United States, 2019. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. December 6, 2019; 68(SS12):1-23.
11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Vital Signs: Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students —United States, 2011–2018. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. February 11, 2019; 68:1-8.
12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students —United States, 2011–2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. June 8, 2018; 67(22):629-33.
13. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults.