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Vaping: 5 Ways To Stop Your Teen From Vaping

Vaping in adolescence You may be wondering how to prevent your teen from vaping when almost every kid in high school finds it cool.

In this article, I offer 5 tips to parents.

The most important way to deter the behavior is by doing the following:

1.) Educate: Ensure that your teen understands the downsides and that they are not getting swept up in the “lack of education culture” that says vaping is better than smoking actual cigarettes.
2.) Model: It’s one thing to point out negative behaviors but it’s another when you too exhibit negative habits. Kids won’t listen to you.
3.) Research: Research the topic together and see what you both can come up with. Spend 45min to 1hr looking online together. You can even make it a competition for fun.
4.) Inform authorities: Soccer coaches, teachers, etc. should know what is going on, especially if occurring on school property. They can help you monitor the behavior.
5.) Positive reinforcement: Catch your teen doing something positive and “reward” them. They need to know they are being watched for both positive and negative things.

Above all else, have patience. Kids need knowledge, empathy, and guidance. Not harsh punishment.

I wish you well



Tamara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP LPC
Practice Owner
Licensed Therapist
Internationally certified trauma therapist

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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