Parents are clueless when it comes to their kids vaping — even more so than cigarette smoking, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
In fact, 70% of parents and guardians of children who smoked cigarettes said they either knew their kid did or suspected as much. But only 40% of parents and caregivers said the same when it came to vaping.
“When parents think about tobacco, many will picture smoking a cigarette. But other tobacco and nicotine products may not come to mind,” said Dr. Benjamin Chaffee, associate professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry and a senior author of the study. One reason why parents are largely unaware may be because “e-cigarettes, in particular, may look like a tech device and don’t produce a lasting odor,” Dr. Chaffee told CNN.
The study comes two years after U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams declared youth vaping an epidemic and demanded tighter controls to stop the trend. The federal government has also taken measures by banning flavored e-liquids except for tobacco and menthol flavors. And, school districts across the country are filing lawsuits against JUUL and other vape companies alleging schools have had to redirect resources to stop vaping in their buildings and provide programs for nicotine-addicted kids.
“Any tobacco or nicotine use by children is concerning,” Chaffee said. “Any product that delivers nicotine has a high risk of addiction. Nicotine exposure is particularly concerning for adolescents, whose brains are still developing.”
Beasley Allen lawyers Joseph VanZandt and Sydney Everett, together with Mass Torts Section Head Andy Birchfield, are currently representing several individuals who are suing the top U.S. vape maker JUUL for the negative impact its products have had on their lives. Recognizing the critical threat to young people ensnared by nicotine addiction, and its effect on our nation’s educational system, our firm has also joined other nationally recognized law firms to represent school districts and public entities across the country in the fight to stop the school vaping crisis.