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Vape campaign in Australia exposes what’s really inside e-cigarettes

Amazing new campaign reveals the dangerous chemicals in your vapor – including bug repellent and cleaning products

  • New nationwide ad campaign launched in Australia to warn of vaping risks
  • A confrontational ad shows an e-cigarette labeled ‘insect killer’
  • About two million Australians have tried vaping, including one in five aged 18-25

A confrontational government ad warning about the dangers of vaping features an e-cigarette labeled “insect killer” and the caption: “Do you know what you’re vaping?”

The National Health and Medical Research Council released a report on e-cigarettes on Thursday, sounding the alarm for the more than two million Australians who have tried the smoking alternative.

New tests show that vapes can contain hundreds of dangerous chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray.

A confrontational government ad warning about the dangers of vaping features an e-cigarette labeled

A confrontational government ad warning about the dangers of vaping features an e-cigarette labeled “insect killer” and the caption: “Do you know what you’re vaping?”

Worrying facts about vaping

– Many vapes contain nicotine which makes them addictive

– Vapes can contain the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray

– Vapes can put young people at increased risk of depression and anxiety

– The nicotine in one vape can = 50 cigarettes. Depending on the size of the vape and the nicotine strength, it can be much higher

– Young people who vape are 3 times more likely to smoke cigarettes

– Vape aerosol is not water vapor

– Vaping has been linked to lung disease.

– Vapes can have long-lasting harmful effects on the brain and physical development.

Source: NSW government

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SHOULD AUSTRALI BAN VAPE?

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly warned that ‘e-cigarettes cause significant harm’ – making it even more dangerous than traditional tobacco.

“Please discuss this evidence with your children, your cousins, students, players on your football or netball team, your siblings – we need that conversation out there,” he said.

“We need these things as barbecue stoppers.”

Medical experts are particularly concerned about teen vaping use with flavors like bubble gum, dental floss, fruit loops, gummy bears and apple pie, enticing young people in and becoming addicted.

The report shows that one in five Australians aged 18 to 24 have tried e-cigarettes, while five percent use e-cigarettes regularly.

The battery-powered devices work by heating the liquid inside and producing an aerosol that can be inhaled.

New tests show vapes can contain hundreds of dangerous chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray

New tests show vapes can contain hundreds of dangerous chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray

Vaping report shows that one in five Australians aged 18 to 24 have tried e-cigarettes

Vaping report shows that one in five Australians aged 18 to 24 have tried e-cigarettes

But the vapor – once touted as a safer alternative to cigarettes – is made up of several ‘carcinogenic’ chemicals such as heavy metals – even if they are labeled ‘nicotine-free’.

Other risks include cardiovascular disease and mental illness.

An anti-vape campaign launched at the same time by the NSW government warned against the misconception that vaping is harmless.

“Vapes are not water. The main ingredient in vapes is propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin or glycerol,” the online ad reads.

Vaping can contain the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray. They just don’t put it on the package.

‘Tests have shown that vapes labeled ‘nicotine-free’ can have high nicotine levels. People may think they are using nicotine-free vaping and can unknowingly quickly develop a nicotine addiction.”

Medical experts are particularly concerned about vaping use among teens with flavors such as bubble gum, fairy silk, fruit loops, gummy bears and apple pie, luring young people in and becoming addicted (stock image)

Medical experts are particularly concerned about vaping use among teens with flavors such as bubble gum, fairy silk, fruit loops, gummy bears and apple pie, luring young people in and becoming addicted (stock image)

Under current law, it is illegal to buy liquid nicotine without a doctor’s prescription, treating the product as an alternative to anti-smoking drugs such as nicotine patches and chewing gum.

A long-held claim by e-cigarette proponents has been that vaping can be an important tool that can help smokers quit.

Proponents of the product, including lobbyists Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates, say e-cigarettes should be made more readily available as a smoking cessation tool.

But the report found no evidence that vaping helps smokers quit for good.

“There is limited evidence that e-cigarettes are effective in helping smokers quit,” said Professor Kelly.

“Only one in three people who used e-cigarettes reported using them to help quit smoking, so most people use them recreationally.”

About 2 million people across Australia have tried to vape (vape pictured)

About 2 million people across Australia have tried to vape (vape pictured)

What is an e-cigarette and how is it different from smoking tobacco?

An electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) is a device that allows users to inhale nicotine by heating a vapor from a solution containing nicotine, propylene, and flavorings.

Because there is no combustion, there is no smoke as with a traditional cigarette.

But while they’ve been branded as having a lower risk than cigarettes, an increasing number of studies are showing health risks.

E-cigarettes do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, but the vapor does contain some harmful chemicals.

Nicotine is the highly addictive chemical that makes it difficult for smokers to quit.

Nearly three million people in Britain use e-cigarettes and more than nine million Americans.

TYPES:

1. Standard e-cigarette

Battery powered device with nicotine e-liquid.

It vaporizes flavored nicotine liquid.

2. Jul

Very similar to normal e-cigarettes, but with a sleeker design and, in the US, a higher concentration of nicotine. Limited to 20 mg/ml in the UK and EU.

Thanks to the ‘nicotine salts’, manufacturers claim that one pod delivers the amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

It consists of an e-cigarette (battery and temperature control) and an e-liquid pod that is placed at the end.

The liquid contains nicotine, chemicals and flavors.

Like other vaporization devices, it vaporizes the e-liquid.

3. IQOS by Philip Morris

Pen-shaped, charged like an iPod.

Vaporized tobacco.

It is known as a ‘heat not burn’ smokeless device, where tobacco is heated but not burned (at 350C compared to 600C as normal cigarettes do).

The company claims that this method reduces users’ exposure to carcinogens from burning tobacco.

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