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Don’t Let Your Teens Vape

Don’t Let Your Teens Vape

The Breathe Youth Media Awards (formerly Hackademy) are given for smoking in films. In 2015 Bill Murray won for the PG-13 rated St. Vincent, in which he puffed and puffed around kids. Seems 38 percent of PG-13 movies feature smoking (often, a lot!).

The Centers for Disease Control says that making an R-rating mandatory for any movie with smoking would reduce the number of teen smokers by 18 percent and prevent one million deaths from smoking among children alive today! 

We hope they start counting the number of times e-cigs get fired up too (there’s Johnny Depp in The Tourist, John Cusack in Map to the Stars, and Zac Efron in Bad Neighbor). Just as cigarette smoking in movies leads kids to start smoking, we think vaping on the silver screen does too. And according to a new study, teens who vape are six times more likely to smoke cigarettes later on than kids who never vape. A 2015 CDC survey of over 15,000 high-schoolers found 24 percent had used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. That means an enormous amount of teens are on the road to becoming tobacco smokers!

So if your teen thinks vaping is cool and harmless, explain just how risky it can be. You sure wouldn’t ignore cigarette smoking if he or she did that; don’t ignore vaping either. For more information about the heart-health risks (from nicotine) and other potential hazards (unregulated chemicals in vaping liquids) of e-cigs go to clevelandclinic.org.

Medically reviewed in December 2018.

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