Vaping Dangers

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The tobacco industry has hooked millions of teens on nicotine, risking their lung and brain health.*


4 ways to get ahead of addiction

Talk to your kid. Share what you both know (and think you know) about vaping. Remember, a conversation always beats a lecture.


Ask your pediatrician to address vaping with your teen. Doctors often explain things in a way kids will listen.


As campuses reopen, ask school leaders to host educational sessions or activities about vaping for students and parents.


Ask your Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) to address the teen vaping epidemic with the broader school community.

Know The Signs

Fruity scents

Are there sweet, fruity, or menthol smells coming from behind closed doors?

Acting differently

Have there been changes in your kid’s behavior such as increased mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or impulsivity?

Technology in disguise

Are there school supplies like thumb drives or tech products you don’t recognize in your kid’s backpack or room? How about small vials, eye dropper bottles, chargers, coils or batteries?

More money spent

Is your teen spending more money than usual or making unexplained purchases?

Feeling unwell

Are your kids suffering from more frequent headaches or nausea?

At school

Kids are buying and selling vapes in schools, especially disposable products like Puff Bar which can be bought in bulk for a big discount.


Nearly 1/3 kids who buy their own vapes buy them in stores. Clerks at smokeshops and convenience stores don’t always enforce the federal Tobacco 21 law, which prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21 years of age.

Social media

Vape products are all over social media, and many companies promote the sale of their products right from their accounts.

Websites and online orders

Age verifications are easily bypassed. In fact, kids successfully buy e-cigs online 94% of the time. Orders can also be shipped to the homes if the mail arrives when parent(s) are not home. Many vape companies have names like Posh and Stig that wouldn’t raise a red flag on parents’ credit card statements.


Here's what Californians are saying about the vaping epidemic.

Parents’ guide to help prevent the dangers of vaping


Get the complete guide
  • What’s in California’s new flavored tobacco law
  • Telltale signs of vaping
  • Get help if your teen is addicted
  • A visual guide to vape products
  • What schools are doing about the problem
  • Help teens uncover the facts

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How do I know if my kid is vaping?
How do I talk to my kid about vaping?
What if my teen is addicted?

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