Teen Vaping: Should Parents Be Worried?

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“Relax mom, it’s not real cigarettes!” There will probably be a day when you come across your precious child saying anything similar to that, make sure you and your partner are well-equipped with enough information about this smoking alternative today to handle the situation. And to answer the question posed above, yes, you should be worried. Here’s why.

What is vaping?

Vaping is not much different from smoking traditional tobacco products. The only difference is that it only involves a refillable and rechargeable electrical device called a personal vaporizer (PV) or more commonly, an e-cigarette. The main reason why it is an ongoing trend of nicotine consumption is because it is tobacco free, but behind this smokescreen, many are left in the dark of the health risks involved.

The underlying dangers

In spite of the hype around e-cigarettes, it is important for you to remember that this product is not risk-free. Several big disadvantages of vaping include:

Increased risks of using real cigarette: E-cigarette usage is likely to pique users’ curiosity about real tobacco products. This may lure them into trying both methods even though it might not be their initial intention. Various studies suggest that teens who have tried vaping are 6 to 10 times more likely to smoke within 1 to 2 years afterwards.

Health risks: Although tobacco is absent from personal vaporizers, the product itself still contains hundreds of other harmful chemical compounds such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, which are carcinogenic formulas frequently used for dead body preservation. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. Other potent chemicals in vape liquids are believed to be the cause of thousands being hospitalised due to unexplained respiratory illnesses in 2019.

Safety risks: Vaporizers require huge batteries in order to have enough power to generate its liquid vaporization process. Every battery carries a possibility of an explosion, especially if it is charged by the wrong type of charger. There have been hundreds of reports about the deadly explosions caused by lithium-ion batteries of e-cigarettes all over the world. Even if the victim is lucky enough to survive the incident, they may still have to suffer from permanent facial damages.

Vaping is a no-go!

As parents, the most important thing is to avoid buying into the cult status which vaping has gained over the past years. In fact, it is your duty as guardians to help your children seek professional help from a doctor or pharmacist to work out a cessation plan that does not involve inhaling chemicals.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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