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Teen uses own addiction to warn others about vaping

DELAND, Fla — According to an FDA survey in 2022, more than 1 in 10 middle and high school students used a tobacco product during the past 30 days.

That’s more than 3 million middle and high school students using any tobacco products.

The most commonly used device to consume that tobacco was that of an e-cigarette or vaping.

One Deland mother was so tired of her son vaping, she reached out to us at Spectrum News 13, regarding her son’s vaping addiction.

14-year-old Jaylon Robinson says he became addicted to vaping over a year ago.

The Deland student says a friend told him to try vaping while he was at school.

Jaylon says he became hooked that day forward and could not stop vaping.

“When I did not do it, I felt like I needed it and I would get short of breath if I did not have it for a certain amount of time and I would start to not be able to breathe,” said Jaylon.

The teen said it did not take long before he knew he was addicted.

“Probably after the first year, I knew I was addicted.”

Meredith Berkman is with Parents Against Vaping E-cigarettes. She told us there are signs that your child might be vaping.

Signs your child might be vaping:

  • Your child has a secretive attitude and closed the door to their room.
  • Listen, if your child has a constant dry hacking cough.
  • If you’re finding that your child has many phone charges or “caps” lying around.
  • Your child is no longer fit and active and is having trouble breathing.
  • You see a shift in your child’s temperament and they easily get angered.

Jaylon’s mom Courtney said she was sad when she found out her son was vaping.

“When I first found out I was disappointed, I was upset. I was surprised. But once I found out how prevalent the problem is at school, it was not a shock at all,” said Courtney.

Courtney removed her son Jaylon from middle school for two weeks.

His addiction was so powerful, he needed nicotine patches to ease his withdrawal symptoms.

“They take away the cravings,” said Jaylon.

Courtney would like to see all schools take a more pro-active approach to stop the vaping problem at schools.

Including installing metal detectors and allowing schools to search lockers and students for vaping related products.

She would also like to see vaping products removed from the marketplace.

Jaylon wants to encourage all students to come forward and be honest about vaping and quit. He estimates that 8 out of 10 students in his school vape or have tried vaping at one time.

Randy Rauch/Spectrum News 1

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