E-cigarette use has grown in popularity in recent years. In fact, by 2017, there were 2.9 million vapers in the UK – an increase of 2.2 million in the five years from 2012. However, there has also been an increase in illegal vaping among under-18s.
Here are some ideas for what to do if you think your teenager is smoking e-cigarettes underage.
What are Young People Smoking?
One of the main reasons why vaping has become so popular is because it is a better-tasting alternative to smoking. There is a choice of flavours and styles of e-cigarette at shops like this one. This increase in choice makes vaping even more attractive and explains why the number of vapers has shot up in the last six years.
With this in mind, it is easy to see why young people are drawn to under-age vaping. Sweeter flavours and the lack of nicotine-stained fingertips means it is a very different smoking experience. One of the most popular methods for smoking e-cigarettes among teens is Juuling and it’s making it tricky for adults to spot and stop their children from trying it out.
What is Juuling?
Juuling is the term used by teens for smoking a Juul device. It’s popular because it looks like a flash drive and creates a smaller plume of smoke, so it’s discreet and can be easily hidden.
While young people might enjoy the taste and how easy it is to hide Juuling from parents and their teachers, they are potentially doing themselves damage from ingesting the nicotine that is mixed with the flavouring in a Juulpod.
How to Persuade your Child to Stop
If you think your child being pressured to join in or is in a group of friends who are Juuling, there are several ways to address it:
- Ask questions and stay calm. The best way to do this is to keep things open. Don’t back them into a corner with questions that prompt yes or no answers.
- Listen to their responses and gauge how much they are willing to tell you. If they are being pressured into it, they won’t thank you for adding more pressure. Look for cues in their replies and see if you can explore a way to help them without freaking them out.
- Don’t be scared to remind them that they could be damaging their health, though. Nicotine is still harmful and addictive, no matter how it’s packaged, and it’s important to let your child know that.
- Remind them you are always there. Your teen may come to the realisation it’s time to stop or that they don’t want to try Juuling out at all after your chat.
Do you think your child is vaping at school? Have you heard of Juuling before? Try these tips to see if they help.