Vaping’s popularity exploded seemingly overnight, and it took many parents and families by surprise. Vaping, or Juuling as it is often referred to by teens and young adults (named after a popular vape device called JUUL), is the inhaling and exhaling of an aerosol produced by using a vape device.
According to the University of Michigan’s 2017 Monitoring the Future study, nearly 1 in 3 high school seniors tried vaping in the past year. Advertising is often geared toward teens and young adults, with brightly colored vape pens and thousands of flavors to choose from. Some kids vape marijuana, too. But for every story or article touting the benefits of vaping, there are an equal number raising concerns about the risks of vaping, especially for teens and young adults.
We’ve created a vaping guide for parents to help you understand what vaping is, its appeal to youth and what research has to say about both the risks and unknowns. We’ve also identified some signs to look for and what to do if you are concerned that your child may try or actually is vaping, and offer some advice on what to say when answering some of your child’s tough questions about vaping.