E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco products affecting teen smoking trends. E-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products and very often acts as a gateway to cigarette smoking in Teens.
Teen Smoking Trends
Popularity of vaping among Teen youth surpassed conventional cigarettes in 2014. Cigarettes are still popular with young Smokers, but this is how the 21st Century teenager smokes.
E-cigarettes are being promoted as a less dangerous way to use tobacco and as a vehicle that may help established Smokers to reduce their immediate risk of death and disease.
Vapes can hook teens and young adults and raise their risk of becoming life-long smokers.
Medical Opinions and Evidence
Medical opinions and evidence about the true Dangers of Vaping are surfacing with regularity.
The American Lung Association declares Vaping to be an unregulated tobacco product while the Surgeon General says that nearly 1 in 4 High School Students have tried it and it continues to quickly grow in popularity.
And most vapes contain nicotine, the very drug that we are trying to kick…. How crazy is that ?
Fallout from Vaping is definitely a contender for the next major health epidemic.
WebMD exposes the cancer causing toxins found especially in the fruit flavorings.
How does Smoking affect Teens?
The World Health Organization has determined that many “Adult” diseases such as heart disease and stroke are showing up in Teen Smokers with regularity.
Smoking hurts young people’s physical fitness in terms of both performance and endurance. Teens who smoke with regularity usually become life-long Smokers.
Another factor adding to the uniqueness of Teen smoking problems is that marketing to Teens is emulating the cigarette ads of years ago.
Intentional lying to the public by normalizing sales of candy cigarettes and child characters like “Joe Camel” advertisements as safe and fun activities for kids is resurfacing in advertising for smoking products….
Only this time it’s vapes….. The Liars are Back.
And if you doubt that your Teen is being targeted, ask yourself what adult would choose “Unicorn Poop” as their favorite vaping flavor.
And the accurate measurement of Teenage smoking statistics are elusive because Teens are not as forthcoming about their smoking as adults are.
Teens will hide their smoking from others, especially their Parents. Therefore, whatever data we may have on Teen Smoking is apt to be underestimated and understated in its true impact on Teen Smokers.
What can Parents do ?
So what is the answer? How do we stop teenage smoking?
For expertise in this area, the Mayo Clinic comes to the rescue with some great resources for your Teen.
Additionally, the Surgeon General puts out an excellent format for the parent to follow when discussing this topic with your Teen.
As responsible parents, we must also take responsibility to stop smoking if we ourselves are Smokers.
Kids will never listen to a scolding parent who is puffing away on a cigarette (Or Vape)…. We must set the example.
The Example must be set… The Resources are here….The Time is Now.
What has been your experience with your Teen ?