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Vaping is using a battery-powered device to inhale liquid nicotine or other chemicals. These devices are called vapes, e-cigarettes, or vape pens. They can look like everyday items such as pens or USB flash drives. They use liquids that come in different nicotine strengths and flavours. Some use THC (a chemical in cannabis [marijuana]). THC changes how you think, act, and feel and can make you feel "high".
Vapes are the most common tobacco product used by children and teens. Vaping companies can market their products on TV and radio. They also offer many flavours that appeal to youth, like cotton candy, gummy bear, and fruit. Many children and teens think vaping is cool. Devices are easy to hide and use.
More research is needed before experts can tell if vaping is safe. The long-term health effects aren't known. Here's what experts are learning 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: 8/3/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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