How to Combat Your Teen’s Vaping

By Chris Turn

Although the dangers of vaping are becoming more widely known, many young people continue to use e-cigarettes and vaping equipment. The teenage years are critical in terms of drug education and many young people succumb to temptation and peer pressure during this period of their life. With the right intervention, however, you can successfully confront your teen about vaping and support them as they quit for good. 

Knowing how to talk to your teen about their vaping habits is important, particularly if you want to avoid lengthy battles and endless arguments. More importantly, approaching the subject in a constructive way is more likely to have a successful outcome. 

Here are some tips that can help you confront your teens about their vaping habits:

Choose the Right Time

Confronting your teen when they have been vaping or when they have consumed alcohol won’t be very effective. While it might be tempting to follow actions with immediate consequences, it won’t be a constructive conversation if they are impaired due to substance use.

Furthermore, you may feel angry, frustrated and upset if you’ve uncovered your teen vaping or using other types of drugs. It can be difficult to engage in a successful discussion with your teen when emotions are running high. Instead, it might be better to cool off first and approach the issue in a calm and measured way. 

Sometimes, it’s best to choose a time when you can switch off your mobile phones and have a meaningful face-to-face conversation, without any distractions. However, some young people can find this type of discussion too intense. If so, you may prefer to talk to them in a different situation. Many parents find that constructive conversions seem to take place when they’re in the car with their teens, so try an alternative setting if you’re not getting the engagement you’re looking for. 

Find the Root Cause

Very few teens start vaping because they’re using it to give up cigarettes. Instead, they may try vaping out of curiosity or because they want to fit in with their friends. Peer pressure can be difficult to avoid at any age, but it’s particularly powerful during teen years. 

Finding out why your teen started vaping and why they continue to vape is a key factor in getting them to stop. If you want to know how to get your kid to quit vaping, find out what made them start. 

Once you know what the trigger was, you can work on developing alternative coping strategies. This negates the need to vape and gives your teen an alternative set of tools they can work with. 

Explain the Consequences of Vaping

When discussing the consequences of vaping, there are two areas to consider. Firstly, you’ll want to explain what the health implications of vaping are and just how dangerous it can be. There is plenty of information online and in the mainstream media about the illnesses and fatalities which have been associated with vaping. 

In addition, there are a number of studies and academic papers that highlight the perceived dangers associated with vaping. Many of the consequences of vaping are not yet fully understood, which is another important point to make sure your teen understands. 

Secondly, it’s important to explain the consequences of vaping in terms of your family unit. Teens respond well to boundaries and clear guidelines, even if they may voice their discontent! Explain the consequences of vaping in clear, calm tones and ensure your teen understands the punishment that will follow if they continue to vape. 

As with children of any age, it’s essential you follow through once you’ve laid out the consequences. Choosing appropriate punishments can make this far easier to do. Instead of threatening to cancel a family vacation, for example, you may decide that removing your teen’s electronics for a week is a more suitable and achievable consequence for vaping. 

Be Prepared for Questions

When you confront your teen about vaping, they may have a lot of questions they want to ask. This is typically a good sign, as it highlights their willingness to discuss the issue and opens a two-way dialogue. By being prepared for questions, you can ensure you have the information your teen needs. 

Of course, you may not know the answers to every question and that’s fine. As long as you’re willing to research the topic with your teen, you can learn more about the dangers of substance use together and encourage them to stop vaping as you both learn just how dangerous it can be.

As well as asking factual questions about vaping, your teen may ask you personal questions about your own history of drug use or your views on using these types of substances. Being honest about your experience with vaping and/or drugs can help to strengthen your relationship, so don’t be tempted to lie or shut the conversation down. Instead, use the opportunity to explain why your opinions have developed and how your past exposure to substances has led to your current stance. 

How to Help Your Child Quit Vaping Permanently

If you’ve tried talking to your teen about vaping but they still continue with their habits, it might be time to seek professional input. Nicotine is extremely addictive, so quitting can be challenging, even if your teen hasn’t been vaping for very long. 

Ask your teen why they continue to vape, and if nicotine addiction is a factor, be sure to visit your physician to ask for assistance. Alternatively, if your teen’s addiction has more of an emotional basis than a physical one, you may want to explore the possibility of counseling or substance abuse therapy. 

All parents want to prevent their children from vaping and using other substances, but it isn’t always easy to achieve. If you’re aware that your teen is vaping, early intervention can be the best way of getting them to quit permanently. By taking a calm and collaborative approach, you can give your teen the unconditional support they need as they make safer and healthier choices. 

If you believe your child has been the victim of a defective product or if he or she has suffered serious injury related to vaping, you may be entitled to compensation. There is currently a class action lawsuit against vaping giant, JUUL.