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Thank you for taking the time to learn about what flavored vape products are on the market. We sincerely hope that this parenting guide to vaping will help people make informed decisions. We are update this page as often as possible and strive to be the most up to date resource for parents wanting to know about vaping equipment. For other new examples, periodically visit our disposable vapes page.
Electronic cigarettes come in many forms. Unlike traditional cigarettes, there is no smoke created from tobacco combustion in the vaping experience. Vape juice is usually composed of vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol, flavorings and nicotine.
The levels of nicotine can be adjusted to exact percentages in the mixture. A typical disposable can have 30-60 mg/mL of nicotine by volume. This potency is why many people use it as a smoking cessation product.
The Food and Drug Administration, the State of California, and many other locations declare there are reproductive harms, birth defects, and other reproductive issues associated with vaporizer use. The purpose of this article is not to debate the merits of those conclusions. Always keep nicotine & tobacco products away from children and pets.
These days, almost all legal nicotine purchases are sold in brick & mortar stores. Vape shops, tobacconists and convenience stores account for most sales of tobacco products. States have strong regulations on how nicotine sales are transacted and perform enforcement actions regularly. Many States receive excise taxes and other revenue from nicotine sales to fund these operations.
Most local vape shops have age-restricted entry, either by store policy or local laws. Convenience, gas and some liquor stores, unfortunately, do not enforce age-restricted entry policies. New laws, including raising the age to buy nicotine products to 21, have made a significant impact in the past 2 years.
Local jurisdictions could also implement a “Seed-to-Sale” style system utilized by the cannabis industry in many states. Very few licensed tobacco retailers or tobacco companies are willing to jeopardize their license by selling to minors.
Most underage sales are conducted by unscrupulous, illegitimate dealers online or on social media. There are no regulations of any kind that will 100% stop these sales. Some sales come directly from China. Often online vape sales are paid in bitcoin or other digital currencies.
Unfortunately, this group will benefit the most from the prohibition of flavored vaping devices, seconded by Big Tobacco with their combustible forms of nicotine. Whether a street dealer or a shady foreign actor, either way, they are knowingly breaking our laws no different than someone selling hard drugs.
Here are twelve signs and things you can do that might reveal your child is vaping.
If you have reason to believe your child is vaping, it won’t do much good to get angry about it. (Think of when you were a teen and how you responded to lectures from adults.) The best course of action is to openly speak with your children about vaping. Keeping the conversation authentic is key to getting them to listen. Consider asking your children about their friends who vape and how they feel about it. Remember, children are curious about the world around them and that curiosity doesn’t wane when they become teens. It just shifts from insects to more adult concerns.
It’s likely that if they are vaping, it’s because they think it will improve their chances of being socially accepted, and that’s also a natural desire. So if you’re going to talk to them about vaping, try not to do so with an accusatory, judgmental tone in your voice. Instead, try to keep things low-key and respectful.
While there is plenty of evidence that vaping is safer than cigarette smoking, medical professionals have nonetheless raised some legitimate concerns about the effects of vaping, especially on young people whose bodies are still in the developmental stage. Use the above tips to try and determine if your teen is vaping, and if they are, have a respectful heart-to-heart with them about it.