“Dabbing,” “juuling” and “vaping.” Have you heard of these? Your teen probably has.
Have you noticed a change in your teen’s behavior? How about a sleek-looking pen, a gadget that resembles a computer flash drive or a USB charger that doesn’t connect to any of your electronic devices? Have you come across a small vial of concentrated liquid or a small plastic cartridge that you don’t recognize?
If so, then you may have stumbled upon one the newest and fastest-growing teenage trends.
If you are a parent, here is a primer on teenage vaping.
Smoking Hot Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarette usage increased 75 percent among high school students between 2017 and 2018. The CDC now estimates that one in four high school students are using or have tried tobacco products.
Recently published data suggest that four out of five kids who are using tobacco products started with a flavored e-cigarette product, with use starting as young as age 12.
It shouldn’t take long to connect the dots here. We have a significant rise in teen/preteen use of tobacco products in just one year and all indicators point to e-cigarettes as the gateway.
What Is an E-cigarette?
An e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that allows a person to inhale aerosolized substances such as nicotine or cannabis in a discreet way.
These devices may be referred to as “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “vape pens,” “Juuls,” “Suorins,” “dabs,” “e-hookahs” or by other names. Some look like regular cigarettes or cigars, while others may be stealthily designed to look like a pen, USB flash/thumb drive, battery charger or an asthma inhaler.
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