Teen vaping is an epidemic. According to the latest findings, up to 37% of high school seniors reported vaping within the last 12 months.
So what happens when the crisis hits close to home? The right approach makes all the difference.
Keep reading for a parent’s guide to vaping and learn what you should do if you discover that your child is vaping.
Keep Your Cool
Seeing your child vape or finding evidence of their bad habit is certainly cause for some alarm. Chances are you’re going to experience a whole array of emotions ranging from anger to disappointment to shock and fear.
You’re upset. And you’re right to feel that way. No parent wants to learn that their child is engaging in dangerous and potentially harmful activities.
But at the same time, yelling at them or lecturing them won’t deliver the results you’re looking for.
Your best bet is to stay calm, cool, and collected. Yeah, that’s easier said than done but do your best. Think back to when you were a teen. Your parents yelling and talking down to you only made you want to rebel even more.
Teen habits may have changed, but a teen’s need to rebel is still the same. Wait until you’re in the right state of mind to confront them.
Research the Dangers of Vaping
Vaping isn’t bad in certain circumstances. For instance, evidence shows that it’s an effective way to help smokers kick the habit.
But since your teen likely isn’t smoking a pack per day, you can guess that they’re in it for the nicotine — a dangerous and addictive chemical.
Before confronting your teen, make sure you have the facts. Come to the conversation ready to present a well-reasoned case about why you’re concerned for their safety and well-being.
It’s also a good idea to look into vape culture and types of vape systems, so you can know what to look out for in the future. Many of these systems, for instance, are small enough that you may mistake them for a USB drive.
Have an Honest Conversation with Them
Now for the toughest part — the confrontation.
Sit down with your teen for an honest discussion after the situation has cooled off a bit.
Remember, it’s not about lecturing your teen. While you’ll want to come across as stern and authoritative, you should point out that you’re only concerned for their safety.
Treat it like a back and forth. Actively listen to your teen’s answers. Focusing too much on when you can make your next point can make you come across as over-rehearsed and insincere.
If you’re having trouble thinking of how to kick things off, ask questions. Ask for details about how they got the system in the first place, as well as how long they’ve vaped.
A Parent’s Guide to Vaping
No parent wants to discover that their teen is engaging in bad habits.
You may think you’d never need a parent’s guide to vaping. But the fact of the matter is that teens are always going to chase trends, even at the risk of their health.
Keeping these tips in mind can help you clear your head and come up with a responsible and effective way to get through to your teen.
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