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Vaping is using a device to inhale vapour that may contain nicotine, flavourings, or chemicals from cannabis. The devices may also be called electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. They may look like pens or flash drives.
Vapes are a common product used by children and teens. Many children and teens think vaping is cool. Vaping devices are easy to hide from adults and easy to use.
These are some things to consider about vaping.
Starting to talk with your child about vaping can be as simple as asking, "What do kids at school say about vaping?" These tips can help you have a healthy, open, and ongoing discussion with your child.
Talk when everyone is calm. You'll both be more willing to be open and honest.
Instead of saying "we need to talk," find ways to have a casual conversation. You want your child to feel comfortable being honest with you. Ask questions like:
Listen to your child's answers, and don't get mad at what you might hear.
Teens hear a lot about vaping. They may hear about it from friends or see ads on TV or online. What they hear isn't always right. Ask them what they've heard. Then share what you've learned.
You may care about the long-term risks. But kids are often more interested in the short-term stuff. Talk with them about things they care about right now. You might say:
Adaptation Date: 5/18/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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