NICOTINE ADDICTION AND HOW TO HELP
The tobacco industry has hooked millions of teens on nicotine, risking their lung and brain health.
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. Kids are buying and selling vapes in schools, 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.
- 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.
- Find out if your school is addressing vaping and 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.
What if my kid is already addicted?
No Vape chat line
Connect your kid to a trained counselor. Text NoVapes to 66819 or call 1-844-8-NO-VAPE/1-844-866-8273.
This Is Quitting
Get text-message support for teens from the Truth Initiative. Text DITCHJUUL to 88709.
Smoke Free Teen
Find tools for quitting and learn what to expect during the first few days from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Toolkits for parents
Parents Against Vaping e-cigs (PAVe)
Find resources about quitting and links to other websites provided by this parent-powered organization.
California Department of Education
See the anti-vaping toolkit California shares with teachers and staff.
START THE CONVERSATION
Here's what Californians are saying about the vaping epidemic.
One of the biggest problems with vaping is how paranoid and easily irritated I am, as I’m always watching my back to make sure I don’t get caught. ”
As usual, my kid knew more about the subject than I did, but I was ready. The conversation starters helped make this important talk not just another lecture. ”
Kids can control that amount of vapor being released so it’s not as easy to see when they are vaping as people think it is. They can, and do, hide them anywhere – bras, makeup, underwear, feminine hygiene products, pockets – and we can’t search students so that’s a real challenge. ”
I think that when students think about nicotine, they know it’s not good but feel like e-cigs don’t have much [nicotine], so it’s not a problem. They hear commercials about people using Juul to stop smoking and they think Juul is better than a cigarette. ”
Kids will use any e-cigarette they can get their hands on easily. They are buying credit card type gift cards then using those to purchase the devices online. We’ve seen every shape, size and brand come through our office. ”
I can’t believe tobacco flavored products look exactly like the candy my children eat. ”
I am very aware of flavored tobacco products and the sad thing is, so is my son. He could probably tell you more about products as a 10-year-old than most adults. ”
I am hearing about an increase of student’s vaping at school and increase suspension related to vaping. Students are asked if they want to join vaping. It’s a real concern. ”
Get the complete guide
Guide to help you prevent the dangers of vaping
- What’s in the new flavored tobacco law
- Telltale signs of vaping
- Get help if your teen is addicted
- What schools are doing about the problem
- Help teens uncover the facts
Get more information and resources on TobaccoFreeCA.com.
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