State officials warn parents of teen vaping

Posted at 6:48 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 19:48:11-05

You're bound to see e-cigarettes anywhere you go. While they're marketed to help people quit smoking, the state's health department says they're getting into the wrong hands.

"The use of e-cigarettes among our youth is really an epidemic across the state and nation, and what I find is there is a lot of misinformation,” said Dr. Michelle Fiscus, State of Tennessee Dept. of Health

According to a survey provided by the state, a little more than 40 percent of Tennessee High School students have used an electronic vapor product. The same study shows nearly 12 percent are currently using something that worries doctors.

"Part of what's in the aerosol that's emitted is lead, cadmium and tin and other heave metals and cancer-causing agents,” said Fiscus.

Young teens are finding all sorts of ways to get e-cigarettes and some vape shops are making sure that doesn't happen.

"In the state of Tennessee, you have to be 18 years or older to buy a vape related product. This store right behind me that opened a couple of years ago in downtown Nashville strongly enforces that law."

"When someone is coming in and they're buying a product or device that is for someone 18 or up or 21 and up you must identify everybody,” said Kala Parker, Elevate Smoke and Vape Shop

While there isn't one answer to stop teen vaping, doctors say parents can start off by talking to their kids just like this mom does with her daughter.

"One of those important things is, as a mother, not to be a teenager’s friend. I'm a mother first. I don't always expect her to be honest with me,” said Leslie Sullivan.