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  • Thursday, July 16, 2020
  • Queenslanders in big smoke butt out but 'vaper' trail is in the air

  • The number of Queenslanders who smoke has continued to drop but the number of those who vape has gone up, according to figures from Australia’s peak health data body.

    The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released its latest report into recreational drug use, showing how legal and illicit drugs are being used across the country, as well as people’s attitudes towards them. The analysis of people aged 14 or over found the proportion of daily smokers in Queensland fell by about one-third between 2001 and 2019, from 21 per cent of the population to 13.5 per cent.

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020
  • E-cigarette use among young Australian non-smokers quadruples in six years, survey finds

  • Fewer Australians are smoking tobacco daily, while more are vaping and using e-cigarettes, results from the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey found, with e-cigarette use among non-smokers aged 18 to 24 years quadrupling in six years. The director of centre operations at Melbourne University’s Centre for Behaviour Change, Dr Michelle Jongenelis, said the increased e-cigarette use among Australians was “very concerning”.

    “Although marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are not harmless and there are significant health risks associated with their use,” she said. [...]

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020
  • Lack of vaping regulation prompts calls for investigation by doctors

  • Your doctor could be asking you a new question next time you go in for a check-up: do you vape?

    Doctors are becoming increasingly concerned over the use of e-cigarettes and vapes amid fears the industry isn’t regulated properly. The Medical Journal of Australia has published a call for further investigation of vaping by doctors from researchers at Alfred Health, led by Dr Eli Dabscheck.

    Dr Dabscheck and his colleagues advised physicians to start asking patients about e-cigarette use and warning them about the potential dangers, but notes more research is required to determine what those dangers are.

  • Thursday, July 09, 2020
  • Mendelsohn Maligned

  • An article carried across ex-Fairfax Media titles provoked outrage when it contained a lazy falsehood about a leading advocate of vaping. Tobacco harm reduction expert Colin Mendelsohn was accused of receiving funds from the tobacco industry. Following a wave of protest, Fairfax Media's partner company published apologies, but heavily edited vaper comments on its online articles. Owners said nothing would change, but critics predicted a swing to restricted coverage of events – something that has come to fruition as 70 employees wrote to the owners last week.

  • Thursday, July 09, 2020
  • The Black Market of Vaping

  • Fraser is adamant about what’ll happen if he can’t access liquid nicotine: smoking is the last option. “I would figure out a way to get either the nicotine salt, or whatever, to add to liquid, or just go to a place and buy it,” he laments. “I would still rather go through that than smoke.” On June 19, the Federal Government announced its intention to further restrict liquid nicotine — which Fraser uses for vaping. Currently, it’s illegal to buy or sell liquid nicotine in Australia, but a loophole exists, via the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) Personal Importation Scheme, which allows anyone to import prescribed, but unregulated, medicine from overseas. “The goal was to not ever smoke a cigarette,” he explains. Under the proposed plan (...)

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2020
  • Vaping: a Harmless Alternative, or a Dangerous Gateway to Smoking?

  • Hundreds of thousands of Australians who import liquid nicotine from overseas have won a six-month reprieve from tough new rules that would have put them at risk of hefty fines, but the battle over vaping is far from over. Australian Border Force was preparing to seize liquid nicotine imported without a GP's prescription, after the Therapeutic Goods Administration moved to close a loophole that allowed the product to be bought online from overseas and mixed with flavoured vape juice. The tough new regime, under which offenders could be fined up to $200,000, was due to commence on July 1 but (...)