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Ask Amy: Relatives worry about teen vaping at home

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My wife, kids and I had a wonderful time visiting recently with my sister, her new husband, and their daughter, “Evie,” at their home in Florida.

My kids love getting together with their cousin Evie.

I was very bothered that during our time there, Evie always had a vaping pen in her hand.

No matter what else she was doing, she was constantly vaping.

On several occasions, I observed her going onto the “smoking porch” with her folks and my wife, and vaping while the adults smoked.

I asked my sister why she allows Evie, who just turned 15, to do this.


She said that Evie picked up smoking from her and her husband, and they got her a vaping pen as an alternative to cigarettes.

My wife also smokes, but our kids know that there will be major consequences if they are caught smoking or vaping.

My sister and her husband want to take a cruise, and asked if Evie could stay with us. We agreed, but how do we deal with the issue with her vaping, since her parents allow it?

– Worried Uncle


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