Request for More Information

We’d love to hear your suggestions or offer doctor recommendations. To find a pediatrician for your children. Call us at (858) 502-1177 or complete the form below.

*We do not provide medical advice. For medical concerns please contact your child’s pediatrician directly.

There’s an epidemic on the horizon and parents can help stop it. According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Study, more than 5 million middle and high school students currently use e-cigarettes. An entire generation is at risk of addiction with serious side effects. Learn more about vaping and use this knowledge in conversations with your teens and other young people about the dangers of this addictive habit.

What is vaping?
Put simply, to vape is to inhale vapor created from a liquid heated up inside a vaping device.

Vaping devices all look different in terms of size, shape and design. Some look like computer flash drives (the popular JUUL e-cigarette is a good example) while others look like a ballpoint pen. All are small, portable and easy to hide in a purse, backpack or pocket.

Batteries inside the vaping device will heat up the liquid which comes in pods or cartridges. The liquid contains a combination of nicotine, flavoring and chemical additives. It also can contain THC, the chemical found in marijuana.

The heated liquid then vaporizes to become an aerosol vapor which is inhaled.

Is vaping addictive?
The pods that are inserted into the vaping device can contain the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. We know that nicotine is a highly addictive, toxic substance. This means that vaping is not any less harmful than traditional smoking.

Is vaping dangerous to my teen’s health?
The aerosol vapor created by heating nicotine, flavoring and chemical additives exposes teens to a combination of chemicals that isn’t understood just yet – but we know that long-term exposure to chemicals is not safe. There is high potential for this to be a poisonous combination. There are studies currently underway that indicate vaping may lead to dangerous health issues including:

  • Damage to the lungs, heart and brain
  • Cancer
  • Negative effects on brain development which is still happening during adolescence

There are also no standards for vape manufacturers – there is no governmental regulations, no universal standards for product design, ingredients or safety features.

Isn’t it illegal for teens to purchase e-cigarettes?

Yes, it is illegal in all states for people under 18 to purchase e-cigarettes. Some states have passed legislation raising the age to 21. Even with these age limits and other efforts to prevent retailers from selling to teens, vaping rates continue to rise. Four factors could be contributing to this trend:

  1. Without the smell of cigarette smoke and sometimes smokeless e-cigs, many teen believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking
  2. Vaping is a relatively cheap habit; e-cigarettes have a lower per-use cost than traditional cigarettes.
  3. Vape cartridges are often flavored with tastes and smells like apple pie, mint or watermelon that appeal to younger users.
  4. If a teen can’t buy a vape pen or refill pods in the store, they can easily find what they need online. Without a strong safety net to prevent online sales, teens can continue to vape.

For more information on vaping and how to speak with your teen about the issue, visit the CDC web site.  You can also speak with your CPCMG pediatrician about any concerns related to your child.

Welcome To The CPCMG Blog

Teens and Vaping:
What Parents Need to Know

There’s an epidemic on the horizon and parents can help stop it. According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Study, more than 5 million middle and high school students currently use e-cigarettes. An entire generation is at risk of addiction with serious side effects. Learn more about vaping and use this knowledge in conversations with […]


Diabetes: Type 1 vs. Type 2…
what’s the difference?



Many parents remember having difficulties with other kids in school. Maybe you were picked on as a kid, or had a bully that made you miserable. Perhaps you felt safe once you got home and could relax with your family. Unfortunately, bullying today isn’t like it used to be. It can extend beyond the school […]



If you’re the parent of a teen, you may have already witnessed enough drama and extreme mood swings to rival an episode of “Real Housewives.” But how do you know if what you’re seeing is typical teenage angst or something more? “Talk to your teen on a regular basis and do the best you can […]


Breath-holding spells

When my toddler gets very upset, she stops breathing and passes out. Our pediatrician says these are breath-holding spells and they’re nothing to worry about. These episodes don’t last long but they’re very upsetting. Why is this happening to her? Breath-holding spells can be scary. They occur in five percent of healthy children, most commonly […]


Breastfeeding Q&A

New parents are faced with the decision of how to feed their newborn. The options include exclusive breastfeeding, breastfeeding and supplementing with pumped milk or formula, pumping and feeding breastmilk in a bottle, giving donor milk or giving formula. Oftentimes circumstances require making changes to the feeding plan, despite an already agreed upon method. For […]



Moms and dads are busy and pressed for time, and trying to pack a healthy lunch during hectic school day mornings can add to the frustration. But the bento box provides a perfect solution! Bento is a meal concept originating in Japan, consisting of food items held in different containers within a box. A traditional […]


22 Easy, Healthy Meals and Snacks
for Back-to-School

If you’re a busy parent like me, the last thing you want to do during the back-to-school morning rush is find time to put together a healthy lunch for your kids. I’ve found that taking the time to prepare easy, nutritious breakfasts and lunches is a better option. Spending a few hours to plan ahead, […]



Messages suggesting that teens need to change their physical appearance are everywhere – on social media, on television, in magazines and in movies. Those messages are often reinforced with comments from friends, family members, coaches, and even strangers. As a result, teens can develop distorted perceptions about body image, attitudes about food and physical activity, […]


One Question Could Save Your Child’s Life

As pediatricians, the safety and well-being of all children is our primary concern. When we counsel families on topics like safe sleep, baby proofing a home, selecting the right car seat, sunscreen, choking risks and even preventative care, we are ensuring children grow up safe and healthy. Firearm safety is no different. Children are naturally […]