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After discussing it a little more with her, it turns out that she has been smoking it regularly for over a year now because she loves the different flavors! I learned a lot of information about how dangerous this can be, especially for someone our age. I worry about his health and how addictive this device is.

How can I express my opinion to her so that she does not smoke without being judged or rude? — You want to provide subtle help, via email

YOU WANT TO PROVIDE SUBTLE HELP: Well, you can use the power of the federal government to bring this subject to them. The Food and Drug Administration just announced last week that Juul was to stop selling its tobacco and menthol flavored vaping device and cartridges. The action was part of a broad effort by the agency to bring scientific scrutiny to the multibillion-dollar vaping industry after years of investigating the potential harm these devices and inhaled vapors can cause young people. especially.

To stay on the market, companies must demonstrate that their e-cigarettes benefit public health. This theoretically means proving that adult smokers who use them are likely to quit or cut down, while teenagers are unlikely to become addicted. But there have been indications that many teenagers are becoming regular users, just like your friend. Juul has appealed to the courts, and until the courts hear the case, Juul can continue to sell its e-cigarettes, at least for now, as it has created a temporary hold on the government ban. This matter is far from settled and will no doubt remain in the news for at least the next few months.

Use this case to show your friend how dangerous vaping can be for a 17 year old girl. Educate yourself about it and be sure to show her everything you’ve learned, as this may convince her to quit. And if she persists, it would be wise to discreetly notify her parents so they can have an open discussion with her about it. Your letter didn’t mention if his parents knew about his vaping, but I’m guessing they don’t know yet. You have the power to change that and therefore likely help your friend in the long run.


DR. Wallace: My older brother lives at home even though he just turned 20 and attends college about 25 minutes from us. He is usually home during the week, but mostly hangs out with his college friends on the weekends.

I am his younger sister and I care a lot for him because we have always been quite close. We are the two oldest siblings out of four in total. The youngest are 10 and 12 so the age gap leaves us mostly with two sets of two siblings. Anyway, I was hanging out last weekend with my friends and overheard at a backyard BBQ that someone said my older brother is a fainting heavy drinker! I couldn’t believe my ears! Nobody knew who I was or that I was related to him, since when I heard this my best friend was inside the house and the people talking had no idea who I was . But I know it was him they were referring to because they discussed some details like his type of vehicle and his personal characteristics.

What should I do about it, if any? I love her and I don’t want anything bad to happen to her. — Worried sister, via email

WORRIED SISTER: Speak to your brother immediately and tell him directly what you heard. Let her know that you love her and that you will help her in any way you can. He can confirm it, but he can also deny it. Do your best to study it and ask around if the story you heard is true.

If you are convinced this is true and if he continues to deny excessive drinking, you should tell your parents immediately. Yes, your brother is an adult because he’s over 18, but he’s not yet 21, so he shouldn’t drink alcohol at all, let alone binge drink. Since he lives in your parents’ house, they have a right to know what is going on with their son while he lives under their roof.

Inform your parents for the sake of your brother. If you sit in silence now that you know this, you may live a life of regret if something tragic were to happen to him when you did nothing to try to help him get support and assistance. which he urgently needs. You love your brother and if he’s binging, he urgently needs help. Excessive alcohol consumption is extremely dangerous for the drinker and for others in the immediate vicinity of such a person once deep intoxication has set in.

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