Teen Vaping 101: Everything You Need To Know About The Growing Epidemic
How Teens Get Their Vapes (And Their Juice): ParentsThe first area we have to look at is where teens are getting the money which they can spend on their vapes and the juice they use to smoke. Since our teens are teens, they aren't working full-time jobs with a consistent paycheck padding their bank accounts, if they even have one. We can understand that the money in a teens' pocket comes from one of a few different areas:
- Extended family
- Small jobs
How Teens Get Their Vapes (And Their Juice): Friends, Family, And StrangersPurchasing a vape and the varying juices for vaping is illegal for teenagers who are not at the age of eighteen or nineteen. Many teens are turning to alternative methods to obtain popular brand name vaping devices, cartridges, juice bottles, and more in order to meet their peer cultural trend, and whatever addiction to nicotine which could be taking place within them. Asking older friends, siblings, or family members to help buy something illegal for someone underage is practically a cultural rite of passage. From cigarettes to beer, teens have been looking for that one grown-up willing to indulge a little adolescent experimentation to meet their needs. Unfortunately, there is almost always that one willing adult who is outside the scope of a parent's observation.
How Teens Get Their Vapes (And Their Juice): OnlineThanks to data-saving technologies, our teens don't even need to sneak into our wallets and take our credit cards in order to purchase something online. If we've saved our card information into our computer, or an autofill function in our internet browser, it won't take much for a teen to use account information attached to our money. Whether digitally or physically, whether our credit card numbers or the numbers of a card we may have assigned to our teen, all they have to do is log on and click Buy.
eBay: The Online Shop For VapingThe Verge reports on the difficulties legislators are facing in creating regulations on teen vaping. In an online store like eBay, there are endless possibilities for purchasing vaping materials, under dozens of off-brand names and bootleg brand name companies. Problematically, these fake vapes and vaping juices which are meant to mimic popular brands like Juul, are not made the same and contain harmful chemicals. It's common knowledge that many of the pods sold online are fake and could contain harmful ingredients, the article explains, but users continue to purchase them and recommend eBay as a source for underage users.
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