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How to talk to your kids about vaping

This page is part of our School Newsletter Inserts section.
Use these short articles in your school newsletters throughout the school year.

Vaporizers, or e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that change a liquid mix of chemical ingredients, also known as e-juice, into a vapour that can be inhaled. Unfortunately, vaping products are being marketed to youth in many shapes, colours, sizes and flavours. In fact, many vaporizing products have the appearance of harmless products such as pens, USB sticks or other everyday items. Because they are easily concealed, many vaping products may go unnoticed in schools or the community.

Many youth may assume vaping is harmless and that e-juice is only flavoured water. Vaping can have negative health effects and is not harmless! E-juice often contains chemicals such as propylene glycol, acetaldehyde, vegetable glycerin, diacetyl, benzene nickel, tin, lead, flavouring chemicals, additives and often nicotine. Inhaling these chemicals can have negative health effects.

Tips to help you talk to your kids

  • Know the facts. Educate yourself so you can talk about it.
  • Help your kids plan ahead for social situations; this is most likely where vaping will be offered. Talk about how to avoid vaping and say “no”.
  • Encourage open conversations and try to find a natural time to discuss vaping, for example when you see someone using vaping products.
  • Ask your kids if they are vaping. Be patient, ready to listen and avoid criticism.
  • Ask for support if needed from a health care provider or another trusted adult.
  • Be a positive role model. Don’t use tobacco or vaporizing products.