January 20, 2020
The popularity of vaping devices and e-cigarettes has been gradually growing in Australia with the majority of users being current smokers aged between 18-24.
There is a common misconception that e-cigarettes and vaping devices are safer, healthier or can assist with quitting cigarettes. These claims are untrue and largely based on unregulated, false marketing campaigns designed only to sell units, often targeting young smokers.
Even though these devices don’t usually contain tobacco specifically, they are not safer or healthier than cigarettes. In many cases it has been found that e-cigarettes have a higher dosage of nicotine which increases risk of addiction. E-cigarettes, vape devices and the juices in them are a cocktail of dangerous substances that could potentially cause fatal diseases. Recent evidence suggests that these devices provide a gateway and opportunity for more people to be at an increased risk of dependency on the addictive agents found in these devices.
The substances inside these devices are not highly regulated by standard manufacturing laws and often contain nicotine, toxins, chemicals and other highly addictive and carcinogenic agents. Evidence has linked the use of electronic smoking devices to increased lung diseases and lung illnesses with the US even coming up with a specific name (EVALI) for illnesses relating directly to the use of these devices.
There have also been cases of these devices combusting and catching fire, causing painful chemical burns to users.
If you are looking into quitting, please talk to your SWAMS GP who can give you the support you need.
There are also national hotlines and organisations that can provide extra support and information. Quitline employs Aboriginal counsellors with comprehensive training to assist people with smoking cessation in a culturally appropriate way. The service is available 8.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday.
Call our clinic today on 9726 6000 or Quitline on 13 78 48 to take the first step.