The accompanying article by The Southsider Voice’s student intern Tabatha Fitzgerald raises the alarm about ecigarettes and vaping among teens today. Medical and educational authorities caution that it can become a harmful habit that has the potential for tobacco usage later. Marketing of vaping products seems to be attractive to susceptible teens. Vaping and e-cigs, unless illegal substances are used, are less harmful than tobacco, although future research may prove differently. There are signs that parents should be aware of: *If there is a scent of fruit or unusual odors in their room or clothing.
*Many vaporizer devices when exhaled create a white cloud with a residue or film that can be noticed on various
surfaces, including mirrors or car windows.
*E-cigs consist of a cartridge that holds a liquid solution, a heating device (vaporizer) and a battery. Items used for vaping can vary and may be harder to identify.
*Side effects, including dry mouth, nosebleeds or erratic behavior, could indicate vaping abuse.
*If their child is needlessly spending money, either from a parent or from a job, they could be spending it on vaping or e-cigs.
Once a parent discovers a child is vaping, then stay calm, become educated about vaping or e-cigs, and have good timing about discussing the problem. In other words, don’t freak out. They need to continue trusting you as a parent. Note: sources used in this article: vapingdaily.com and promisesbehavioralhealthcom.