Vaping habits in young people has been named Australia’s next ‘big health issue’ after the Covid pandemic.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said he was ‘deeply concerned’ by the number of young people smoking e-cigarettes following the National Health and Medical Research Council latest report on Thursday.
The report found e-cigarettes expose smokers to potentially dangerous chemicals and toxins.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly (above) said vaping habits in young people is Australia’s ‘big health issues’ following the National Health and Medical Research Council latest report
New data shows one in five Australians aged 18 to 24 have tried e-cigarettes, while five per cent use regularly
The chemicals found include those from cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray.
Between 2020 and 2021 the number of calls to the national poisons hotline regarding vapes doubled.
Medical experts are particularly concerned about the take up of vaping among teens with flavours such as bubblegum, fairy floss, fruit loops, gummy bears and apple pie, luring young people in and getting them addicted.
The report found one in five Australians aged 18 to 24 have tried e-cigarettes, while five per cent use regularly.
The National Health and Medical Research Council latest report found chemicals in vapes are also found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray (pictured, the NSW government’s new anti-vape campaign)
Data also showed there was little evidence that e-cigarettes were an effective steppingstone for traditional cigarette smokers looking to quit.
‘The only thing we should be breathing in is air,’ Professor Kelly said.
‘One of my colleagues said recently that e-cigarettes are the next big health issue after Covid and I think that’s a really important statement to take on board.
‘Please discuss this evidence with your children, your nieces and nephews, students, players in your football or netball team, your brothers and sisters. We need that conversation out there.’
Medical experts are particularly concerned about vape flavours such as bubblegum, fairy floss, fruit loops, gummy bears and apple pie, luring young people in and getting them addicted (pictured, a set of brightly coloured vapes)
Last October it became illegal to import nicotine vapes to Australia without a valid prescription from an Australian doctor.
At that time it was already illegal for Australian retailers to sell nicotine vapes.
However, nicotine vapes are still for sale behind the counter at several tobacconists and convenience stores.
The Australian Council on Smoking and Health urged the government to ban the sale and promotion of e-cigarettes to young people.
Last year Australian retailers were outlawed from selling nicotine vapes but several tobacconists and convenience stores have continued to sell them under the counter
Peter Dutton said on Thursday that he would be open to discussing a ban.
‘It is not an illegal product. If it was banned you would have the problems that go with prohibition,’ he said.
‘I don’t want to see an increase of smoking rates and I don’t want to see an increase of people taking up cigarettes.
‘But the department and government will be informed on these matters and we will see what happens.’
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Source: NSW Government