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How is Vaping Addiction Detected?
Early detection of vaping behavior is essential in heading off the long-term consequences of the addiction. Spotting the signs of vaping can be difficult, especially for parents of children who are making an effort to hide their behavior.
Parents and loved ones should be on the lookout for these tell-tale signs of vaping:
- Unusual devices in a child’s room or among their belongings. Vaping devices are not always easy to identify. Many e-cigarettes are designed to look like innocuous objects such as pens and flash drives. Another clue is the presence of paraphernalia such as vaping liquid refills and rechargeable batteries.
- Unusual odors. Unlike smoking, which produces strong, tenacious odors, vaping produces very little in the way of lasting smells. However, many vaping liquids are infused with flavors that produce intense, often sweet scents while the user is vaping.
- Unusual thirst. The chemicals in a vaping liquid often cause dehydration, leading the user to be more thirsty than normal.
- Changes in food preferences. Vaping can cause decreased taste sensitivity, so users may begin to salt or season their food more enthusiastically.
- Nosebleeds. Vaping dries out tissues inside the nose, this dryness can lead to frequent nosebleeds.
- Mouth sores. Vaping also has been linked to sores in the mouth that are unusually slow to heal.
- Coughing. Vaping can lead to a chronic cough similar to that experienced by smokers.
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