Our report provides information about the identity and known hazards of chemicals available for vaping. However, there isn’t enough information available about the inhalation toxicity of these chemicals to conclusively assess their health risks. [...] Chemicals used in e-cigarette liquids that do not contain nicotine (or are not marketed as having a therapeutic use, such as being an aid to smoking cessation) are regulated as industrial chemicals in Australia. The import or manufacture (introduction) of these chemicals is subject to the same requirements as any other industrial chemical.
Monday, October 14, 2019
US smoking expert urges Tasmanian tobacco reform
Tasmania was the ideal place to ban the sale of cigarettes to people aged under 21 to save lives, an international policy expert says.
Ginny Chadwick, the director of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, held her first meetings in Tasmania on Monday to try to persuade parliamentarians to support raising the purchasing age for tobacco products to 21.
She said evidence in the United States showed that the implementation of so- called Tobacco 21 had cut smoking rates.
"Every time we stop a young person taking up smoking, we are saving lives," Ms Chadwick said.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Regulators urged to ease rules on smoke-free nicotine products
Public health advocates have gathered in Melbourne, Australia to urge international health bodies and government regulators to ease the restrictive rules against non-combustible, smoke-free nicotine products that are regarded as much safer alternatives to cigarette smoking. “We have the evidence that harm reduction products―snus, vapes and heat-not-burn tobacco are at least 90-percent safer,” Dr. Colin Mendelsohn, a tobacco treatment specialist [...]
Saturday, October 05, 2019
Black market THC (cannabis) cartridges are cause of vaping-related lung injury
The outbreak of serious vaping-related lung injuries in the US and Canada is almost certainly due to black-market THC (cannabis) oils sold by street dealers, NOT nicotine e-liquid. The epidemic has caused great alarm amongst vapers, and Australian vendors have reported huge declines in sales eg here and here. The concerns have been fuelled by misleading information from Australian government officials and misleading media reports which have incorrectly suggested that vaping nicotine is the cause of this outbreak.
Friday, October 04, 2019
Graphic warnings should be printed on every single cigarette, charity says
Health warnings on individual cigarettes – including how many minutes of life a smoker loses each time they inhale – would help people to kick the habit for good, researchers argue. Experts say having a warning about the health impact or financial consequence on every single cigarette would be a better deterrent than graphic pictures which have lost their shock value. Aaron Drovandi from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, led the research, surveying more than 2,000 smokers and non-smokers about how effective current approaches to encourage people to quit are.
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
E-cigarettes are not the best way to quit smoking, expert says
Is vaping a proven way to quit smoking, or is it just a side-step to another addiction?
Dr Sarah White from Quit Victoria explains what vaping is and how little we know about the health implications of e-cigarettes.