E- cigarettes and vaping are being sold as healthier and more attractive options to smoking to younger Australians, which may be a cause for a new emerging concern, for their safety as a switch is still under question.
The new generation is getting hooked to vaping and candy flavored e- cigarettes, with 13% having already tried it. According to a new report by the Cancer Council Australia, e- cigarettes contain unchecked ingredients that can impact lungs and increase the risk of heart disease and cancer.
E-cigarettes and vaping are the new trends that has caught Australian youth. Widespread use of it is found among Australian school goers. They were initially advertised as safer for consumption, but in the light of the news of children dying and being hospitalized in USA, due to their use, the Cancer Council Australia is warning the public against its use.
“We know that the tobacco industry is what we call ‘re-emergent’ in Australia and are heavily marketing these products as a reduced-risk product. E-cigarettes are not a reduced-risk product. We don’t have enough evidence to say e-cigarettes are safe, or safer [than tobacco smoking]. We know that even in healthy young people, the use of e-cigarettes can impair blood vessel function. The news about vaping and the use of e-cigarettes is getting worse every day,” said Cancer Council Australia, Tobacco Issues Committee chair, Libby Jardine.
There have been serious calls for action and regulation to check their increasing use and promotions worldwide. Chicago attorney, Ken Moll, has been leading a billion-dollar class action lawsuit against the leading e-cigarette company in the US, Juul, for marketing nicotine to people age under 18. “It’s alarming there was a 900 per cent increase in high school usage of e-cigarettes between 2011 in 2015,” Mr. Moll said.