Learn About E-Cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, were invented in 2003 by Chinese inventor and pharmacist Hon Lik. Although many companies and advocates continue to bill them as a safer, smokeless alternative to traditional cigarettes, a U.S. Surgeon General report alarmingly found that 16% of high school students regularly use e-cigarettes and many of them use e-cigarette devices to use marijuana. What’s worse, many young people who begin using nicotine through e-cigarettes will start to use traditional cigarettes later, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
TALKING POINTS TO GET THE CONVERSATION STARTED
Make your values clear by setting a good example. Take the use of medication seriously and always use prescription and over the counter drugs appropriately.
Stay calm – you might not like what you hear
Be consistent in the message you are sharing with your youth about your disapproval of prescription drug misuse.
Start early and talk often.
Listen without interrupting
End the conversation on a positive note (such as: I am so glad we were able to have this open discussion about the topic of prescription drug misuse)
One talk isn’t enough, especially for teens. It could take a few conversations to have an impact but you will make a difference.
Be specific about how you feel about prescription drug misuse.
Remind them that the reason you do not want them to misuse prescription drugs is because you care about them and their future
Acknowledge their opinion and feelings
Explain why you feel as you do.
Set a good example: do not share your medication or take medication that is prescribed for another family member or friend.