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Children Vaping

Most parents are unaware that child vaping is on the rise, as proved by 1:5 teachers said they had caught a pupil as young as 11 with a vape. Nearly a third of 16-17 year-olds have tried vaping. These e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is the addictive side of smoking. Have you discussed the harmful side of vaping with your kids?


Vaping rules are clear

Tests using young people (<18) showed that they were able purchase disposable vapes 33% of the time (highest in mobile phone and discount shops). The rules are clear:

  • only those aged 18 and over can buy vapes or e-cigarettes
  • nicotine ingredient warnings must appear on packaging
  • packaging should be child-proof
  • all e-cigarette and e-liquids containing nicotine must be certified by the medicine’s regulator

What should parents do? 

Ask their child in a non-judgmental way if they have tried vaping amd encourage an open conversation. Most children don’t vape, however it’s wise to share health risks of vaping.

What are the signs of vaping?

  • Extra coughing or wheezing
  • E-cigarette paraphernalia (cartridges)
  • New smells at home (fruity or sweet scents)

How to quit vaping? 

Children need help and support to quit, through talking and action.

  1. Write down the reasons for quitting. They see the reasons when they feel the urge to vape.
  2. Pick a day to stop vaping and tell supportive friends and family. It motivates the quitter.
  3. For some people, chewing sugar-free gum can help to distract the craving.
  4. Get rid of all vaping supplies.
  5. Download App tools that can help with cravings.
  6. Be prepared for withdraw as nicotine addiction leads to strong cravings in the first few days after stopping.

Nicotine withdraw can lead to headaches, feeling angry or depressed. These problems dissapear over days and weeks. The Government should ensure existing laws are enforced and identify where vaping regulations can be extended. This will help parents and children alike.

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Date: 25 July 2022 by max robinson