Why Parents Need to Know the Details of Vaping – Part 1 of 4
Teen vapers are overwhelmingly the targets of bullies, groups, and media narrative. On top of that, vape hazards are often brought up like smoking, just with fewer disclaimers. Although they may be promoting vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking, being underage can have serious repercussions.
The problem is that most Americans don’t realize the true potential risks of vaping. Now, it’s also possible that vapers were never aware of the harm that comes with e-cigarettes and not seeking out guidance from teens who have dealt with addiction. Teen vapers and teens alike are worried about young people walking through the doors of their schools without knowing about dangers.
However, the statistics don’t bear that out. There was a 74% decrease in e-cigarette use among high schoolers in 2017. However, the use of tobacco isn’t the end of it. A person who wants to vape has more choices. That has consequences, and they are pretty evident.
High School Vapers and Parents Go Head-to-Head
Vaping by high schoolers is a highly contentious issue for parents and teenagers alike. Rooting out vaping through parents can be a mission impossible if you simply can’t understand what vaping is all about. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Julie Congdon, a mother from Connecticut, is one such parent who is discovering that in many cases, it’s not just vaping she needs to wrap her mind around. Everyone brings it up. Whenever she tries to discuss vaping with her teen, she finds she has the wrong information.
According to Grandparents.com, it can be frustrating because, typically, teenagers don’t think beyond their generation. All they care about is the battery pack. If a teenager gets it at home, that’s great, but doesn’t matter if they ask for it at school. And if you provide the pack at school, you run the risk of questions or punishment.
Although backpacks are practically viewed as beta geeks in some schools, parents often don’t realize how powerful they can be. With the right packaging, nicotine can be distilled in a variety of delicious vapes. Although you’re getting your money’s worth with nicotine, that doesn’t mean you can’t let them have fun with it in school.
After all, there is a difference between vaping, smoking, and tobacco. But the obvious dangers of vaping make it hard to go against the trend. It’s even easier to get involved with them as a parent because vaping is referred to as fun and fashionable. One junior high student told Grandparents.com:
“I vape. If I’m having trouble, I know I can stop.”
Most parents will turn a blind eye because of their own sub-culture in some ways. It’s commonly seen as a form of relaxation, whether it’s summer camp or hanging out with your friends at a kegger. Teenagers can casually break the rules.
Parents need to realize that vapes are a device aimed at young people and they should be doing their homework before they let their kids vape.
However, there are parents who take a more hands-on approach. Diane Jacobson, a mother from Arizona, once asked one of her son’s friends if he could vape. The friend agreed, but his mother and father were less than supportive. They didn’t want him going through withdrawal when the flavored pods expired. They weren’t sensitive to vaping and weren’t willing to lose the risk associated with nicotine. Their son wanted to quit smoking, but it took a lot of convincing to get them to let him vape.
But this is an unavoidable story. A year ago, a middle school student, Tuan Nguyen, was found dead in a canyon in Chile. Although no official cause of death has been given, his cause of death was a “fentanyl intoxication.” The lithium-based analgesic was allegedly smuggled into the country by students to help them with withdrawal symptoms. How this even got in the hands of students in the first place is difficult to understand.
However, a teacher recognized the vape pen. That can’t happen in the U.S. In some cases, teachers can’t even monitor what kids are vaping. Kids usually only see the nicotine, and the consequences are always drastic. For example, parents worry about vaping causing anaphylaxis and a desire to take self-harm actions. However, no one can be informed about the other complications that vaping can cause.