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What can I do as a parent or carer?

Talking with teens about risky behaviours is important. You may already be good at discussing alcohol, drugs, smoking and safe sex with your teens. Vaping is another topic worth including.

  • Before you start the conversation, get the facts on vaping (from sources like this and see our Resources page for more)

  • Ask them what they know about vaping. Be ready to talk about how nicotine is addictive. Not liking feeling addicted is a reason young people want to stop vaping. Answer any questions they have about the short- and long-term risks of vaping and smoking.

  • Ask what they know about the industry tactics to get young people to vape. Be ready to talk about social media and how vaping companies use flavours to make e-cigarettes attractive to young people.

  • Remember to stay calm and ask open-ended, curious questions

  • Keep the conversation positive

  • Talk to your GP or contact Quitline for support (13 7848 or online via

  • Reflect on your behaviour too and remember to be a positive role model

Vaping and young people - a Melbourne mum's perspective

Melbourne mum of three, Brooke Alexander, shares with us her concerns about young people's access to vaping. Brooke hopes to see more information on vaping health risks to empower parents and carers to understand potential dangers to their children.

Quitline can guide you

Quitline counsellors can talk with you about your concerns, provide advice on what you can do as a parent or carer, and guide you on how you can start a conversation with your teen. There are many ways you can contact Quitline:

  • Call 13 7848 Mon - Fri 8am to 8pm
  • Text 'call back' to 0482 090 634
  • Webchat at
  • Message us on Facebook Messenger @quitvic or WhatsApp: +61 385 832 920
  • Request a call back using the online form at

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Last updated January 2024

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