According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 20% of high school students have used e-cigarettes or vaping devices. This accounts for over 3.05 million students who have vaped. According to the CDC, one in five high school students and one in twenty middle school students have used or are using e-vaping devices. Is your teen or child among them? With the statistics of teen JUUL use so high, now might be the time to have a conversation with your teen about the risks of e-cigarette use or vaping.
What are the risks? According to the Truth Initiative, the use of vaping devices and e-cigarettes exposes teens and young users to the following risks:
- Nicotine Addiction. E-cigarettes and vaping devices contain nicotine, a substance which is addictive. Teens who develop a nicotine addiction may be more likely to try other types of addictive drugs and may be at risk for becoming addicted to other substances.
- Brain Development. Teens’ brains are still developing. E-cigarette use and vaping can interfere with brain development.
- Other Harmful Substances. E-cigarettes and vaping devices may contain other chemicals and substances which are harmful.
The Food & Drug Administration recently issued a warning to JUUL Labs for its marketing practices, which included the targeting of teens and youth. In the wake of this, dozens of parents, and young adults, have come forward, seeking damages from JUUL Labs. Some of the lawsuits claim that JULL Labs targeted youth and teens, leading to the increase in teen use of vaping devices. Blizzard Law, PLLC is a law firm in Houston, Texas, working with families and youth who have become addicted to or injured by e-cigarettes, JUUL, and vaping devices. If you or someone you love is addicted to JUUL e-cigarettes and is struggling to quit, consider speaking to Blizzard Law, PLLC today.
How to Help Your Teen Quit JUUL
If your teen is addicted to JUUL or vaping devices, you may be wondering what steps you can take to help your teen quit. Quitting nicotine once you become addicted can be very difficult, but there are some steps parents can take to help their teen quit. Here are some steps parents can take to help their teen quit nicotine:
- Talk to your teen about the risks. Many teens are not aware that JUUL e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Teens may also not know about the health risks of smoking. Talking to your teen honestly about the health risks that JUUL and e-cigarettes pose can go a long way toward motivating them to quit, or better yet, to not start smoking.
- Help your teen quit. Offer support if your teen is addicted to e-cigarettes or JUUL. Different support options work better for different people. When quitting, it can be helpful if your teen understands why he or she is choosing to quit. Remembering these reasons can be useful when your teen experiences cravings. Offer alternatives to smoking to help your teen fight cravings. Sometimes going for a run, eating candy, chewing gum, or doing something that is a distraction from the craving can work. Before using any nicotine gums or patches, teens should speak to a doctor. According to the Mayo Clinic, these smoking replacement and cessation products were not designed for teenagers.
- Consider support. If your teen is addicted to JUUL, quitting alone can be hard. There may be teen smoking support groups near you that your teen can join to discuss challenges and to surround himself or herself with others going through the same struggles.
These are just some of the things that parents can do to support a teen who is addicted to JUUL or e-cigarettes. If you have recently learned that your teen is using or addicted to JUUL or e-cigarettes, you may understandably be concerned. Blizzard Law, PLLC is a law firm in Houston, Texas, that works with families who are struggling with teen vaping addiction. We take on cases where youth became addicted to vaping devices and JUUL and may be able to assist your family in seeking damages from these companies if your child became addicted to vaping or e-cigarettes while underage. Contact our firm today to learn more.
Teen Addicted to JUUL? What You Can Do.
If your teen is addicted to JUUL, you can offer your support to help your teen quit. You also may be able to join a growing number of families and youths seeking damages from e-cigarette companies like JUUL Labs. Blizzard Law, PLLC is a law firm in Houston, Texas, that may be able to assist your family. Our lawyers can take the time to review your situation, offer you an honest assessment of your case, and help you understand the next steps.