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5 Things Parents Should Know About Vaping

With so much information out there, it can be hard to digest all the information and figure out which of it can be relied on. With that in mind, we at Vaper Empire have compiled a list of seven things that you, as a parent, should know about vaping.

1. What is vaping?

Vaping is the inhaling of vapour created by an electronic cigarette (‘e-cigarette’, ‘e-cig’, or ‘vape’) or any other similar battery-powered device. These devices use small cartridges or tanks filled with a water-based liquid (‘vape juice’ or ‘e-liquid’) that typically contain nicotine, flavourings, and food-grade ingredients. When this liquid is heated, an inhalable vapour is created---hence the term ‘vaping’.

It has become something of a popular culture icon in recent years and has spawned a worldwide community hundreds of millions strong. Today, vaping is an activity carried out by people in virtually every single country going.

2. Vapes work in a very simple way

This depends on the device. For example, some are button-activated whereas others are activated through inhalation or the taking of drags (‘dry puffs’). However, when it comes to the actual ‘mechanics’, most vaping devices and e-cigs work in the same way.

An atomizer is used to heat the vape juice to the point at which it vapourises. This water-based vape juice is then turned into vapour that can be inhaled into the lungs or drawn into the mouth. The user then exhales the vapour, just like somebody smoking a regular cigarette would. Of course, there are some serious differences between smoke and vapour.

3. Vape juices contain a few simple ingredients

While there are thousands upon thousands of different vape juice types and flavours that are made by thousands of different manufacturers and vendors, most vape juices will be made up of the same basic components. These are:

  • Water
  • Flavourings (and sometimes colourings and additives)
  • Propylene glycol
  • Vegetable glycerine
  • Nicotine

Flavourings can either be natural or synthetic depending on a particular juice’s flavour and its manufacturer's preference. A mint flavoured vape juice, for example, is likely to be naturally flavoured whereas a chocolate chip cookie flavoured vape juice isn’t.

Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine are both considered safe, food-grade chemicals that are used in a variety of food and beauty products. They are used in varying ratios between brands to balance each juice’s flavour profile and make them ‘smoother’ or deliver more or less of a ‘throat hit’. They also impact the amount of vapour produced.

Nicotine is sometimes, but not always, present in varying quantities, from nicotine-free to 36+mg/mL. Nicotine is an addictive substance that is also found in cigarettes. Some people use nicotine-based e-liquid to help them quit smoking.

4. Vaping is safer than smoking

According to a study carried out by the UK’s National Health Service, vaping is likely far safer than smoking. The study estimates vaping to likely be at least 95% less harmful than smoking.

When a cigarette is lit, tobacco burns and many new and harmful chemicals are created via combustion. Cigarette smoke can, therefore, contain hundreds of different chemicals and poisons such as arsenic.

5. E-cig vapour does not linger like cigarette smoke

We all know the tell-tale signs of a smoker. Stained teeth, a terrible smell, and clothes that reek are just a few of them. These are all caused by the by-products created when a cigarette is burned, with tar being a major cause.

In contrast, vapour does not have any of these effects. It does not cause any staining. It has no lingering smell. It does not cling to upholstery or clothing. Within a few seconds of vapour being exhaled, it evaporates and disappears into the atmosphere, as do any scents.

While this is good news for vapers, it is bad news for parents who are concerned about their child’s vaping because the lack of tell-tale signs makes it harder to discover.

Talking to Your Kids About Vaping

As a parent, you play an important role in talking to your kid(s) about vaping. Whether it is just you or them that vape, you should set expectations about substance use. As a parent, it is up to you to decide whether you will allow them to vape or not. Even if you vape, there is nothing wrong with putting your foot down and telling your kid(s) that you do not want them to do it.

Be prepared to talk to your children about the risks associated with vaping with nicotine, too.

Remember that the point of talking to your child about vaping is not to chastise them, but to educate them. This will open the floor up to a more honest discussion which will allow you to find out more about their vape usage, if any, and when it happens and what they are using. For example, they may only do it when they go out with their friend groups at lunch during school hours.

Keep Your Vaping Supplies Safely Stored

As a parent, there's a good chance you are already aware of how curious kids can be. Like anything that's potentially hazardous to children, e-cigarettes and related vaping supplies such as e-juice should be kept out of reach. Be sure to store your vaping supplies in a safe location that is inaccessible to your children and make sure not to leave any bottles of e-juice or other vaping products left lying around unattended.

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