Stop Your Children From Trying Out Vaping This Festive Season | City Press


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Stop Your Children From Trying Out Vaping This Festive Season | City Press
Stop Your Children From Trying Out Vaping This Festive Season | City Press

While vaping is less harmful than traditional cigarettes, parents should discourage youngsters from trying them.

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With the festive and school holidays in full swing, this is unfortunately an opportune time for youngsters to experiment with various substances, including vaping.

The Vapour Products Association of SA (VPASA) has stressed the importance of parents and retailers working together to prevent the youth from experimenting with vaping. 

The association has recommended open conversations between parents and their children about the addictive nature of nicotine vaping, encouraging them to keep their guard up to prevent the youngsters from experimenting with vaping products.

The VPASA urged parents to be extra vigilant and pay close attention to possible changes in their children’s behaviour due to nicotine addiction.

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Asanda Gcoyi, CEO of VPASA, said some of the signs that a child may be vaping include an unfamiliar scent in the house, their bedroom, or on the child.

These scents, she said, range from chocolate to a fruity scent.

Gcoyi said:

Also look out for an increased thirst due to a dry mouth, or equipment that may look like USB drives, cables or cartridges in the house or on their person. Parents must pay close attention to possible changes in their behaviour. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms may cause irritation, anxiety and difficulty concentrating in minors.

Since its launch in 2021, the association’s campaign has been adapted to incorporate responsible retailing as well as positive parenting, to prevent youth access to electronic nicotine delivery systems and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems, Gcoyi explained.

She said from a retailer’s perspective, this can be achieved through collaboration by restricting sales to people under 18, monitoring packaging and artwork choices, ensuring accurate product information, and harnessing the involvement of retailers and parents.

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Gcoyi said:

Despite growing proof that vaping is less harmful than smoking, the VPASA – representing manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of smoke-free vapour products in South Africa – is committed to preventing youth access to vaping products. The VPASA and its retail members have agreed that the packaging of vaping products must contain accurate product information with vital warnings and advisories.

She said age restrictions must be clearly visible on the packaging and attention must be paid on the artwork choices. This means that the artwork featured on vaping products must not appeal to minors.

Gcoyi added:

The VPASA and our members, are eagerly taking strides to ensure that no minor has access to vaping products. However, for this to succeed, these messages need to be amplified through retailers and the parents of minors involved. This collaboration is essential for a society in which no minor child uses vaping products.


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