Choose a time when your kid won’t feel rushed and a place where they feel relaxed, like when you’re riding in the car or sitting at the dinner table. By choosing a place you both feel comfortable, you’ll both be more inclined to open up.
Your kid makes smart decisions every day. Resisting the temptation to vape can be one of them. Compliment their good judgement. Remind them that they are an independent thinker who doesn’t have to be influenced by peer pressure. Tell them you’re proud of their courage and principles.
Instead of asking yes or no questions, ask open-ended questions that encourage participation. If you’re genuinely curious, your kid will be less likely to get defensive.
It’s very hard to get a teenager to stop doing something they enjoy. They are rebellious by nature and so you as parents should be prepared to answer any questions, namely:
Aren’t e-cigarettes safer than conventional cigarettes?
I (or my friends) have tried e-cigarettes and it was no big deal.
You used tobacco, so why shouldn’t I?
Why don’t you want me to use e-cigarettes?
I thought e-cigarettes didn’t have nicotine – just water and flavoring?
Consider this an ongoing conversation. When you first bring up the subject, your kid might be caught off guard and reluctant to engage. But once you open the door to the topic, they’ll be more inclined talk to you about it later.
Set a good example by being tobacco-free and ensure that your kid is not exposed to the secondhand emissions from any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.