When children smoke, parents would often detect this due to the lingering smell of tobacco in one’s breath, even in clothing. However, when kids turn to vape instead of smoking, new research revealed that this leaves parents without any clue as to their kids’ activities.
A study published in the journal Pediatrics titled, “Parental Awareness of Youth Tobacco Use and the Role of Household Tobacco Rules in Use Prevention,” revealed that parents or guardians are less likely to determine or suspect that their children are into vaping as compared to when their children are smoking cigarettes.
The researchers used data on 23,000 U.S. youth aged 12 to 17 from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study, particularly between 2013 to 2018. The researchers studied the participants and noted that about 70 percent of the parents and guardians of children who smoke cigarettes suspect that their kids are into the