Could My Child Be Vaping

Could My Child Be Vaping


Yes, it’s possible that your teen is vaping.

In Idaho, 21% of high school students—about 1 in 5—report vaping within the last 30 days.1 When looking at just 12th graders, the numbers are even higher: more than 1 in 4 use vapes or other forms of e-cigarettes.

Almost half (48%) of the Idaho high schoolers surveyed reported vaping at least once.

Where do youth get vaping devices?

In a 2018 survey of 15- to 17-year-olds who reported vaping within the last 30 days, most (78.2%) owned their own vaping device.2 Also, the majority (72.8%) had used someone else’s vaping device—which suggests that sharing is part of the teen vaping culture. According to educators around Idaho, teens commonly congregate in school bathrooms to vape during the school day.

Here’s how teens acquired their devices:

31.1% | from a store or online

16.3% | buying from another person

15.0% | giving someone money to purchase for them

Online and other vape purchases

Youth report being able to purchase vapes online. They can gain access to many online vape shops or manufacturer websites merely by clicking a “Yes, I’m at least 21” button without providing age verification; likewise, while online shops may require purchasers to enter a birth date during the checkout process, the technology is not always able to detect whether the date is fake.

age verification for Juul website

Teens can also purchase vape devices and e-liquids from friends and black market sources. Many vapes can be tinkered with or refilled with almost any purchased or homemade e-liquid—including those that contain THC oil or other dangerous substances.

Regulation to reduce access

  • In Idaho, individuals must be 18 to purchase e-cigarettes, and sellers are required by law to check ID.
  • Federal legislation was passed in December 2019 to increase the minimum age for sale of tobacco products to 21. Many states and Washington, DC, have passed “Tobacco 21” legislation—but Idaho is not one of them. Idaho does not currently include e-cigarettes in the definition of tobacco products.
  • In January, the FDA announced a “flavor ban” that makes it illegal to sell e-cigarettes with flavors like fruit and mint that appeal to youth. However, this ban applies only to e-cigarettes that use e-liquid cartridges/pods. Non-cartridge-based products, like those that use tanks, are not affected by the ban, as these are more often used by adults.3


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