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

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Know The Signs

  • Are there sweet, fruity, or menthol smells coming from behind closed doors?
  • Are there school supplies or tech products you don’t recognize in your kids’ backpacks or rooms? How about small vials or eye dropper bottles?
  • Have you come across unfamiliar chargers, coils, or batteries?
  • Is your teen spending more money than usual or making unexplained purchases? 
  • Have there been changes in your kids’ behavior such as increased mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or impulsivity?
  • Are your kids suffering from more frequent headaches or nausea?
  • School. As kids return to campus, they can buy and sell vapes in school again, especially disposable products like Puff Bar which can be bought in bulk for a big discount.
  • Stores. Alarmingly, nearly one in three 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.


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.


The tobacco industry makes products minty, fruity, and sweet to attract kids. Why? Because kids are easier to addict.

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