A mother’s plea against vaping

VAPING and the apparatus used is rampant and considered ‘cool’ by teenagers.

I was thankful as a parent that vaping is prohibited in Brunei under the Tobacco Order 2005, until I caught my own 15-year-old son vaping in his bedroom recently.

I found out that he and his friends bought their vaporisers (vapes) from a person actively promoting them online.

Although a report had been lodged against this seller, his presence remains on social media.

I found online that Brunei has many active vape groups. Your son or daughter could be a member of these groups.

My first plea is to request the authorities to take action to ensure that the public, especially students, are informed and understand the negative effects and risks of using e-cigarettes or vapes as well as the penalties when caught selling or consuming vape and vape related products.

My second plea is for parents to be observant of their teenage children as they may show signs of possible vaping.

These signs include your child being secretive, bloodshot eyes, attempts to hide tubelike gadgets, changes in sleep patterns, increased sensitivity to caffeine, irritability, coughing and fruity smells in the absence of an obvious source.

My nose led me to this fruity smell in my son’s bedroom which he was trying to conceal using strong cologne.

My final plea is for all teenagers who are already users or tempted to try vaping.

Please stop.

There is a reason why it is prohibited in the country.

Vaping is packaged in such a way that it is appealing to teens and youth.

Do not be pressured to try just to feel ‘cool’.

Vaping increases the levels of carcinogens in your body; increases heart and blood rate pressure; lung irritation and damages your vital immune system cells.

The list is long but your life is short.

– Anonymous Mother