Facts for Parents concerning E-Cigarettes
What Parents Should Know About E-Cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are now the most popular form of nicotine used among middle and high school students, with an estimated 3 million students using them. There has been a 10-fold increase in the use of e-cigarettes among high school students between 2011 and 2015 – from 1.5 percent to 16 percent. In fact, more teens use these products today than smoke cigarettes. Still, approximately three-quarters of young adults who report using e-cigarettes also smoke traditional cigarettes, exposing themselves to very high doses of nicotine.
Your teenager may believe e-cigarettes are completely safe and may get defensive when you try to discuss the issue. But there are significant risks to be aware of. To find out more information, visit the center on addiction’s website: www.centeronaddiction.org/e-cigarettes/about-e-cigarettes/what-parents-should-know-about-e-cigarettes.
The National Association on addiction and substance abuse – 2016
E-Cigarette use can lead to traditional tobacco use.9 out of 10 smokers began smoking before age 21.
What Parents Should Know About the Different Vaping Devices
- Electronic cigarette
- Physically similar to cigarettes
- Come in disposable or rechargeable forms
- May emit a light when the user puffs
- Shorter battery life than later generations
- Generally less expensive
- Vape pens
- Mid-sized e-hookah
- Short for “vaporizer pen”
- Come in various sizes
- Not shaped like a cigarette
- Slim like a pen
- Can come in disposable or rechargeable forms
- Refillable with e-juice/e-liquid
- Mechanical Modified Nicotine Delivery Systems (MODs)
- Vape MODs/personal vaporizer
- Larger in shape and size
- Include modification options
- Have larger battery capacity and replaceable batteries
- Typically rechargeable
- Typically deliver more nicotine than earlier generations
- Electronic hookah
- Electronic versions of hookah head and hookah bowl
Electronic hookah photo source – https://www.hookah-shisha.com/p-17305-square-e-head.html
You can influence your children’s decision about whether to use e-cigarettes. Even if you have used tobacco yourself, your children will listen if you discuss your struggles with nicotine addiction.