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Thanks to greater accessibility and the rise of disposable vaporizer pods, vaping has grown tremendously in popularity with teens and young adults over the last decade. Colorful vaping devices and fruit-flavored cartridges continue to appeal to younger people.
The original vaporizer was invented and patented by cigarette smoker and scrap metal dealer Herbert Gilbert in the 1960s. His battery-powered device for inhaling liquids was marketed as a tool to quit smoking cigarettes, smoke more “healthily,” and even help a person diet. Vaping continues to be marketed as a safer alternative today, yet it can be just as dangerous as cigarette smoking.
If your child is vaping, we invite you to read these vaping facts together and explore the many resources available to help them quit.
The main two substances inhaled when vaping are liquid nicotine/tobacco and liquid marijuana. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), these products go by many names, including e-cigarettes, e-cigs, juuls (after the popular disposable brand, Juul), and mods.
Scientists and healthcare providers are concerned that vapes and e-cigarettes are creating a stronger desire for nicotine or tobacco in our nation’s youth, leading to addiction and long-term vaping.
Many kids will “push back” when parents come down on them about making changes of any kind. Unfortunately, you cannot control everything that your child does when you are not around. However, you can express your concerns and provide them with truthful information about vaping and other hazardous behaviors.
Begin with an honest and loving conversation with your child. Express your fears for them, the health risks to their growing lungs, heart, brain, and body, and any legal issues (depending on their age or substances used). Try to avoid accusatory language and offer to get them help from a doctor, therapist, or local rehabilitation facility to conquer their vaping addiction.
If your child is struggling with vaping addiction, they are not alone. Many teens have succumbed to the glamorization of vaping, mostly due to peer pressure and its portrayal in mainstream and social media. It doesn’t help that vaping is often marketed to be a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. Explaining to your child why you’re concerned about their vaping can be difficult, but RECO Intensive is here to help. At RECO Intensive, we know that explaining drug facts to your child, especially when the drug is portrayed as harmless, can be a huge challenge. Our professional staff and experienced alumni can help you and your child begin their journey to a vape-free future. At RECO Intensive, we offer a safe space to talk with our specialized staff and family therapy for those who need additional support. To learn more, call RECO Intensive today at (561) 464-6533. Let’s get back to a brighter future.
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