Welcome to this edutaining “Seeing Through the Vapor” parent presentation. This is not about adults that have been trying to quit smoking for 20 years and are using vaping as a stepping stone to quit. It’s about the rise in teens vaping, understanding what caused the rise, and providing your child with all the information they need to help make smart decisions.
Who’s Behind the Messaging?
We hear that “vaping is safe,” but who is saying that? Doctors do agree that vaping appears to be much safer than smoking, but safer isn’t the same things as safe. Less harmful doesn’t mean harmless.
Here’s what you need to know about the messaging behind vaping along with a little magic!
After big tobacco buys up the vaping industry they make changes to the marketing strategies. Were they targeting teens? If so, how? Let’s take a closer look at the marketing changes.
What Are Teens Vaping?
What are teens actually vaping? The truth is it’s way more than what you think. Here is what you need to know.
Vaping Health Risks & COVID-19
“Safer” doesn’t mean “Safe,” so what are the health risks of vaping? Let’s take a closer look at the latest studies about the potential health effects of vaping. Especially with COVID-19 attacking respiratory systems, does this put those who vape at higher risk?
True Cost of Vaping
Beyond how vaping impacts your health, how does it impact your wallet? When you add up all the different costs and money sacrificed, it’s more than you think.
Nicotine & the Teen Brain
Some students I have talked to have said, “I’m just doing it now because it’s fun, I’ll stop before I get addicted.” One student told me, “People that can’t quit just aren’t mentally strong. If I set my mind to something I can do it. So when I want to quit I will.” The tobacco/vaping companies are counting on teens to have this attitude towards nicotine. This is why it’s important that you as parents understand how nicotine effects the developing teenage brain so that together we can educate your child.
Teens and THC
Teen marijuana (THC) use has significantly increased over the past few years. The potency has also significantly increased. What caused the increase? What are the different forms available to them? What are the dangers?
Through research based information and a little magic, Robert explains what every parent needs to know about teens marijauna/THC use.
Be Prepared. Not Scared.
Alright, now that you know some of the risks, you might be wondering, “what can I do as a parent to help prevent my child from vaping?”
Here are some tips along with a little mind trick!
Teen Stress and Vaping
Many teens use vaping (nicotine and/or THC) as their way to cope with stress. It’s important that we teach our teens how to get good at stress and also learn healthy coping techniques.
Vaping to Escape
Life has its challenges. How do we react when faced with these challenges? Some teens will look to use a substance as a way to cope with or escape from dealing with these challenges. As a parent we can help guide their reactions and attitudes towards these challenges.
What Should I Look For ?
Do you think your child might be vaping? Here are some signs that your child might be vaping along with some resources to find out for sure.
What Every Parent Needs to Remember
Sometimes it feels like our messages are falling on deaf ears. When we try and fail it can be frustrating and discouraging.
Here is a little magic with an important message to remember during these times!
This is Quitting – The first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping.
NOT on Tobacco – Not On Tobacco® (N-O-T) is a program with the American Lung Association. It’s a voluntary quit smoking program designed for teens 14 – 19.
Quit Vaping Text Program – Text QUIT VAPING to 66819
quitSTART – this is a free smartphone app geared to help teen users quit vaping by providing tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges that helps users quit vaping. You can track progress and milestones, play games, and complete challenges to help distract teens from cravings.
What to Expect – Provides insight into what to expect when quitting vaping and nicotine withdrawal.