As parents and educators we are constantly having to keep updated on the times and trends to assure the kids are receiving the best care and knowledge possible.  When it comes to connecting and interacting with the youth it is essential that us caretakers and teachers can relate to and understand the world’s they live in.   Not only is it vital to draw from our own past childhood feelings and experiences but also about knowing what is going in the right here and now when it comes to popular trends and cultural shifts.  Its hard to know how to speak kids let alone help them grow when you are not taking the time to learn the things that matter to them most which in large part is often shaped by current society.  One such new movement we have seen becoming important to the younger audience is the use of the vaporizer pen.  An industry in its infancy we have seen an explosion in interest by the younger generation in the use of vaporizer pens and vape products.  With vaping becoming such a large part of the mainstream we decided to do a little investigating of our own to see just how prevalent it might be for students.  Here are some of the thoughts we have about just some of the facts and statistics are investigative research team uncovered.

Vape Pen Interesting Fact and Stat #1 – 12% Percent of High School Students Who Have Tried E-Cigarettes (According To StatisticBrain)

We were very surprised to see this over 10% as 1 out of every 10 kids seems like a lot to us.  Since some high school students are of age however this vaping stat and fact might be as alarming as  it seems.  We also strongly feel there is a huge difference between trying something once and becoming addicted to something also reducing the worry.  Vaping is certainly something we want to keep our eye on in the future.

Vape Pen Interesting Fact and Stat #2 – 5.3% Percent of Middle School Students Were Current Users of e-cigarettes (According to the FDA)

This is a number we really want to pay attention to as this is a section of vaping that we want to eliminate all together.  Vaping is about being responsible and following the law so we can not  encourage any behavior that goes against this.  The FDA studies even further notes that during the time period of 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette and vape pen use rose from 0.6 percent to 5.3 percent among middle school students which is simply too much.  This tells us we all need to come together to figure out why such increases are happening.  Again its all about staying, healthy, happy and within the law while keeping the children and headed in the right direction in life.

Vape Pen Interesting Fact and Stat #3 – 4.7 million middle and high school students had used tobacco products in the 30 days prior to the National Youth Tobacco Survey studied by the CDC (According to the CDC)

The bright side about the vape pen is that if it has anything to do reducing this number we are headed on the right path.  As a safe alternative to cigarettes and tobacco, vape pens might actually be helping young students avoid nicotine addiction which is always a positive.  While the verdict is still out on the vape pen but the message is clear and that is all adults and educators should be aware of this new phenomenon and manage parenting and teaching strategies accordingly.