THE TRUTH ABOUT VAPES
The truth is kids and teens are more exposed to vaping than most people realize. (1)
Vapes are easy to get, easy to hide, and easy to use. Some are small and designed to look like USB drives or pens. Others have a novel look that non-users may not recognize. This is a big problem.
An even bigger problem is that vape liquids are filled with addictive nicotine and chemicals that have been shown to cause lung injury.
These ingredients are harmful and can damage young brains and growing bodies. And we still don’t know the long-term effects of vaping.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?
The best thing you can do is educate yourself about vapes and have open and continuous conversations with your kids about them.
Share what you’ve learned about vaping, like the dangers of nicotine addiction and the harmful chemicals.
Ask your child what they would do if someone asked them to vape and offer suggestions on how to say no.
Always encourage them to be their own person, make their own decisions, and not cave-in to peer pressure.
Your kids want your guidance and want you to help them make good choices.
This is great news for you!
WHICH KIDS ARE VAPING?
There is no "typical" vaper. It can be any kid.
6.0% of TX Middle School Students*
18.9% of TX High School Students*
34% of NM High School Students*
* Vaped in the past 30 days. (3)
Parents need to understand how prevalent vaping is and the serious health risks it can inflict upon our youth. Learn how you can protect your kids from this growing threat by understanding their perceptions of vaping
MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS
HIGH SCHOOL TEENS
RESOURCES & CITATIONS
In spring 2020, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and YMCA of El Paso conducted a set of focus groups on vaping in our community. The interviews involved pre-teens, teens, parents, and school administrators from El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. The information shared throughout this website contains insights from those groups as well as additional information (listed below) sourced from other respected vaping resources.