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Vaping: What parents should know.
Earlier this summer, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a law banning the use of e-cigarettes by minors, making Michigan one of the first states to address this growing issue. This new law is in response to a rise in illnesses and death related to vaping. According to the CDC, there have been 380 cases of lung illness and 6 deaths related to vaping.
What is vaping? Vaping is the use of electronic cigarettes, which work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs. The liquid can contain nicotine, THC, CBD oil, or other substances. E-cigarettes may also be called capes, e-hookahs, vape pens, tank systems, mod, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Here is a link from the CDC with more comprehensive information.
How does vaping cause harm? The exact mechanism by which vaping has caused these injuries and deaths is not yet known. We do know that all reported cases have a history of e-cigarette use. In most cases patients reported using e-cigarettes containing THC (though some reported using THC and nicotine, and some nicotine only).
Would I know if my teen is vaping? Vaping is easy to hide, as many devices are made to look like a pen, a flash drive, or a key fob. The legal age in Michigan to buy e-cigarettes has just been raised to 21. Online and in other states, those 18 and older are able to purchase e-cigarettes, and many sites may not ask for proof of age.
How can I talk to my teen about vaping? Make sure that you have good information about e-cigarettes from credible sources first. Educate yourself. Remember to stay open, honest, and listen. You want to start a dialogue with your child. The Surgeon General has more information here. The Child Mind Institute also has some good information on starting an open conversation with your teen.
Winter can be a tricky time to balance car seat safety with keeping your little one warm. Bulky coats and snowsuits should not be worn in a car seat because in a crash, the padding will flatten out, leaving extra space under the harness and putting your child at risk of slipping through the straps and being thrown from the car. We hope the links below will be helpful in keeping your child safe during Michigan's long winter.
Here is information from "The Car Seat Lady," Debbi Baer, RN who is a renowned national expert in the field of child passenger safety.
This link provides winter car seat safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.