The Dos and Don’ts If Your Teen Vapes
If you are a parent of a teen, or even in some cases a tween, you've probably come across the issue of vaping.
Hopefully, your child isn't vaping. But what if they are? How do you handle it?
1) Teach, don't preach
Says Megan Jacobs, managing director of product Innovation at Truth Initiative,
"It is impacting them in physiological ways," she says. "Yelling or saying 'Just stop' isn't a productive way of dealing with an addiction.
2) Go easy on yourself: you're not a bad parent.
Jacobs has had many conversations with parents of teen vapers in the course of building Truth Initiative's programs, and they tell her: "I really thought I had nicotine-proofed my kids, because I hammered home over and over again, 'Don't smoke, don't smoke, don't smoke.' And they're not smoking — but they're vaping."
3) Get smart, and get help
Because vaping is relatively new, there are fewer cessation resources out there than for quitting other types of tobacco, but they do exist. The program sends customized text messages to help parents understand what their teen is going through emotionally and physiologically, and how they can be supportive. To join, text "QUIT" to 202-899-7550.