E-cigarettes have been marketed as a safe alternative to smoking. However, these battery powered devices are not safe and can be just as addictive as regular tobacco cigarettes. In recent years there has been a tremendous increase in young children exposed to liquid nicotine and steam either by peers, their parents or the media.
According to the researchers, exposure to liquid nicotine and electronic cigarettes increased by nearly 1,400 percent from 2012 to 2015. Fortunately, the number of vaping teens fell by 20 percent between 2015 and 2016. However, experts say these numbers are still too high and a 20 percent drop of 1,400 is not a notable drop. The big public misconception that nicotine is harmless has led many children to have easier access to these electronic cigarettes.
David Breston, Defense Lawyer: "The FDA regulations on vaping are very clear to minors, and under federal law no one under the age of 18 can buy tobacco or e-cigarettes, regardless of the amount of nicotine." Law violates selling minors, some young teens have found tricky ways to get their hands on vapes. Here are a few things to keep in mind when suspecting that your child is steaming.
E-cigarettes do not have the same smell as a traditional cigarette. In fact, some experts believe that a great attraction to the younger generation is the wide variety of candy-like flavors. Some smell and taste like chewing gum, cotton candy or fruit. If you pick up strong and fruity smells, there's a chance your boy will steam in the other room.
When it comes to vaping, there are not very many physical signs to look out for. However, bloodshot eyes can be an indication that your child has been vicious. Propylene glycol, a chemical compound found in "E-juice", is known to irritate the eyes and dry them out. Smoke can cause the blood vessels in your eyes to narrow and the surface of the eye to dry out.
Sexy or anxious behavior can be a sign that your child is withdrawing nicotine.
Excessive Thirst  Dehydration is a very common side effect when vaporizing. The main reason for dehydration during steaming comes from the e-juice. The chemical compounds – propylene glycol PG -, which form the ingredients in steaming juice, extract water molecules from surrounding areas. When the vapor enters the body, it causes a dry mouth and can cause your child to become overly thirsty.
Unfamiliar Devices, Batteries, and Chargers
If you notice that your child has batteries of interesting shapes and chargers are lying around, look a little further. Many vaporizers come with unique molded plugins that can fit a USB plug or take android shaped chargers. Vaping devices come in many shapes and sizes. Vape pens are the most commonly used e-cigarettes by teens and they are shaped like a normal peg.
Start the conversation
Talk to your teenager if you notice behavioral changes or any of the above signs. Statistics show that boys use "e-cigs" twice as often as girls. Media dissemination has contributed to an increase in the use of middle and high school students. 52.8 percent of middle school students face e-cig ads, 35.8 percent with Internet advertising, 34.1 percent with TV and movie advertising, and 25 percent with newspaper and magazine advertising. Unfortunately, these numbers are even higher for high school students.
Discussing in a natural environment with your child will increase the chances that they will listen to you. Find the right moment and support your feelings. If you suspect that your child is steaming and you are not feeling well, talk to your doctor to start the conversation. Supportive adults can help strengthen your message as a parent.
Educate yourself and set an example
Knowing the facts, when you sit down with your child, will play a crucial role in determining the law. You can have more questions for you and the better you are prepared, the better. Give an example to your little ones and avoid smoking or smoking. Let the conversation go on and reach your teen. Let them know that you are there when they need to talk, and encourage them to set an example among their peers.