Banning of cigarettes is coming, and banning of vaping could be next . . . .

Children as young as 12 have succumbed to the new trend of smoking: Vaping. And the internet is an easy source for them to obtain the product.

“Despite nicotine not being in all the products, different popular flavours are prevalent as a drawcard for kids” said Philip Feinstein, manager of the Smokenders stop-smoking program. “Which young kid is not drawn to fruity flavours like bubble-gum and passionfruit?” he asks.

Around 14% of 17-year-olds have tried an e-cigarette which contains nicotine, with around 32% of these students having used one in the past month. It now looks like a new section of children are taking up vaping.

Despite the Australian government now banning nicotine products, vaping devices can be bought from many stores without a doctor’s prescription. And users have a choice of things to insert, including nicotine and marijuana.

Meanwhile  . . . .
1) e-cigarettes are flooding the Australian market with most coming from China.
2) e-cigarettes have nicotine in them, but the active ingredient level is not monitored. The result is that someone who was smoking a low nicotine level of cigarettes (e.g. 0.8mg/nic) will now take in up to 9 times that amount.
3) Whether the vaping is from an e-cigarette or another vaping device, when the smoker thinks they have consumed all the product, they could keep on puffing, not realising what they are now inhaling. Substances like lithium and silicates can cause cancer.

Prof Emily Banks, epidemiologist with Australian National University, researched vaping products.

“We have information about impacts like seizures and other health issues among some users, she said.

Regarding the use of vaping to stop smoking cigarettes, she said, “For most smokers, e-cigarettes are not effective tools to assist them to quit, and the majority of people who vape in Australia are not using the products as smoking cessation devices.”

In backing Prof Banks’ view of smoking cessation, Feinstein stated: “People do not smoke cigarettes just for the nicotine intake – a smoker will use cigarettes when stressed, bored, lonely, angry, and other emotional situations. They also smoke with triggers like a coffee/tea, beer/wine, after a meal, and many more situations.”

Professor Banks added: “Vaping advocates say people using e-cigarettes are using them to quit smoking, but it simply isn’t true.”

Another furphy is about the level of nicotine for those people vaping. “Just like cigarettes have different levels of nicotine, the same applies to vaping” commented Feinstein. “There are no controls at the moment with regards to levels of nicotine when vaping.”

Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, has brought in restrictions on the importation of nicotine for vaping. Vape users now need a doctor’s prescription, followed by a visit to their local pharmacy. However many doctors are reluctant to issue prescriptions.

Meanwhile petitions to reverse the Greg Hunt decision are failing.

“It is harder to quit smoking than to get off heroin” says Philip Feinstein. “Heroin is a physical addiction, whilst smoking is physical, psychological, emotional, social and is also used following mental triggers. That is why ‘quick-fixes’ like patches, tablets, gums, hypnotherapy and vaping have very little success.”

People wanting to quit smoking need to address all the issues in order to succeed.

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