Parents Guide to Vaping

A comprehensive guide as to why children choose to vape and what can be done to decrease underage vaping. This article is meant as an educational aide for both parents and educators as a foundational introduction to understand why minors choose to vape and how to decrease underage vaping.
Parents Guide to Vaping

Let me preface this article by stating that in no way are we encouraging minors to vape. We do not support any efforts to get minors to vape nor do we sell to minors. This article is an educational tool and a way to understand why minors choose to vape. We offer a solution on how to decrease the number of minors we see vaping today. This, in essence, is the parent’s guide to vaping. A comprehensive guide as to why children choose to vape and what can be done to decrease underage vaping.

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What’s Vaping?

First, let us start by stating the legal age of vaping. To vape, you must be 18 which is the same age for cigarettes. According to the Center on Addiction “Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device.” So essentially it is just when you use the device, and you get that cloud of smoke, that is what we define as vaping. This is different from cigarette smoking or smoking cannabis. Vaping has less toxic chemicals than in cigarettes; however, there are still trace toxins in vaping. Many people think vaping is just pure water vapor. In fact, it is a mixture of Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG). You can learn more about them by clicking on them.

Vaping typically has a (PG) and (VG) base. Liquids will include flavor extracts to enhance the taste. Now, these flavors are generally also (PG) and (VG) based and it should be clearly labeled on the bottle so that you as a consumer know what you are receiving.

More recently vaping devices are also being used to vape CBD oil. This oil is derived from hemp meaning you don’t get THC which is the chemical responsible for the “high” feeling. Instead, the oil in many cases serves as a relaxing agent and reduces anxiety in many people.

That is vaping 101, and those are the legal ways to vape; unfortunately, people have begun mixing more and more drugs/chemicals into their vape which make it more dangerous and unsafe to enjoy. It is essential to buy from a reputable supplier whenever buying vaping products.

Parents Guide to Vaping

In the parent’s guide to vaping, you will see why minors chose to vape. Minors often times see vaping as a safer alternative than the traditional cigarettes. While this may be true to an extent, it must not be ignored that there are still harmful toxins that are contained in many vaping products. Many times vaping products will contain nicotine which is a highly addictive substance, this is just another reason why if you do choose to vape, it is important to make sure you are getting your supplies from a place you can trust.

Minors see vaping as a way to fit in socially. Many times they try it because a friend has one or they just want to fit in at a party or other social gathering. They don’t always understand the full effects of vaping nor are they of age to even have it in their possession. But as stated before, many times a minor will have the assumption that vaping just simply isn’t as bad as cigarettes.

How Minors Tend to Follow Social Trends

Minors are incredibly susceptible to peer pressure. Especially in this day and age where the next new thing becomes the trend. By following the trend they find themselves in a position where they are being offered e-cigs/vaping devices and may not know how just say no. Also, they may believe that it is ok since many of their friends do it as well. While it is true that vaping carries fewer toxins than cigarettes, minors don’t understand that there are still toxins in vaping and because of this they continue to vape. It is a vicious cycle and once roped in it only helps feed the problem. Just one minor vaping can lead to five or more of his friends vaping simply because they are following that trend.

How to Reduce Minors Usage of Vaping Devices?

To conclude the parent’s guide to vaping we take on a more opinionated view. Feel free to add comments on the comment below and continue in this discussion. Starting at a middle school level, a major educational campaign on vaping must be lauched.. Perhaps by incorporating vaping into the D.A.R.E. program, we would see slightly better results. Secondly, websites must do a better job to crack down on underage vaping. While this is increasingly difficult because anyone can bypass a simple security question, we must look into better ways of thwarting minors. Lastly, law enforcement needs to do a better job in cracking down on people who they see smoking vaping devices. Please feel free to add any additional ways to help stop underage vaping.

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