Vaping Information

What are vapes?

E-cigarettes, or vapes, are devices that heat a liquid to make a vapour that users breathe in (vaping). Vapes may or may not contain nicotine.

There is little regulation to control what is in vapes and how they are made.

Use of vapes has increased rapidly in recent years and is greatest in young people.

Rules and Regulation

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) plan to implement new legislation that could see singe use vapes being banned from as early as January 1st, 2024.

In Queensland as well as other states and territories, vapes containing nicotine are illegal unless on prescription and supplied from a pharmacist (not retail stores).

It is illegal to buy an e-cigarette or e-liquid that contains nicotine without a valid prescription.

It is illegal to sell an e-cigarette device or accessory (including e-liquid) to a person under 18 years old, whether or not it contains nicotine.

(https://www.health.qld.gov.au/public-health/topics/atod/tobacco-laws/electronic-cigarettes)

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Research has shown that vapes can be more addictive than cigarettes due to the high levels of nicotine*.

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Nicotine in Vapes

• Evidence has shown that even vapes labelled as nicotine-free can contain some nicotine**.

• New vaping devices that have high levels of nicotine can have the same amount of nicotine as 20 packets of cigarettes***.


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Getting Help

• Visit your local Community Controlled Health Service / GP and ask about quitting. These yarns are confidential.

Quitline 137 848 – free and confidential service. Both adults and young people can call Quitline for advice and help.

Both adults and young people can contact or be referred to their Local Community Controlled Health Service and Quitline.

• NRT or medication – Patches, gum and others. Using NRT and/or medication are best in helping someone quit****.

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References

*Jankowski, M., Krzystanek, M., Zejda, J. E., Majek, P., Lubanski, J., Lawson, J. A., & Brozek, G. (2019). E-Cigarettes are More Addictive than Traditional Cigarettes – A Study in Highly Educated Young People. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(13), 2279. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16132279

**Chivers, E., Janka, M., Franklin, P., Mullins, B., & Larcombe, A. (2019). Nicotine and other potentially harmful compounds in “nicotine-free” e-cigarette liquids in Australia. The Medical journal of Australia, 210(3), 127-128. https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.12059

***NSW Health. (2023). Vaping evidence summary. https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Pages/vaping-evidence-summary.aspx

****Hartmann‐Boyce, J., Chepkin, S., Ye, W., Bullen, C., & Lancaster, T. (2018). Nicotine replacement therapy versus control for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD000146.pub5

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