AITC Weekly Connect: Let’s talk about vaping

The use of electronic cigarettes or vaping is an issue that has caught society unaware and has been featured a lot in the media of late.

Originally developed as another tool to assist tobacco-addicted smokers to give up, it has rapidly become a major problem in society – including schools.

At the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC), we recognise that vaping is a serious health issue for any young person, and have a zero-tolerance policy at our campuses for this dangerous (and illegal) fad.

Reports recently released by Education HQ sited that one in three primary school teachers were aware of primary school students vaping.

These statistics are alarming and we encourage families to read the facts about vaping and discuss the seriousness of smoking with their young people.

Electronic cigarettes are also known as e-cigarettes, vaporisers, vape pens or just vapes. They have not been approved as a quit smoking aid in Australia, nor are they listed under the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid (vape oil or vape juice), into a fine vapour for inhalation into the lungs.

There is a common misbelief that using an e-cigarette (vaping) is a healthy option to more traditional tobacco cigarettes, as some forms of e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco. However, it is the other chemicals that are included in the oil that is of great concern. Many of these having long term proven carcinogenic properties.

Nearly all vapes have a particular flavour. These flavours are generally sweet and appeal to the taste of teenagers and youths. The issue that while these food flavours have been proven to be safe in food and drink, they are not safe when inhaled.

In Queensland, vapes and electronic cigarette products containing nicotine are illegal unless on prescription and supplied by a pharmacist or through Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) processes.

Vapes are smoking products and subject to the same laws as tobacco or cigarettes.

This means that e-cigarettes can’t be:

  • used in existing no-smoking indoor and outdoor places
  • sold to children under 18 years of age
  • advertised, promoted or displayed at retail outlets
  • provided for sale in a vending machine.

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