Let’s work towards life changing pathways to quit e-cigarette smoking. Electronic cigarettes have not been approved by Australian health authorities as a way to quit smoking or as a substitution for nicotine replacement therapy. Some e-cigarette manufacturers claim that electronic cigarettes can help people quit smoking, however, there is limited evidence and mixed opinions among health experts.
A recent study in the UK found that 80% of people using electronic cigarettes still continued to smoke regular tobacco cigarettes as well. If you’re thinking about switching to an e-cigarette to assist in quitting smoking, just know that the devices and e-liquids are not regulated in Australia and the manufacturing standards are not monitored. Additionally, the vast majority of people that used either nicotine or non-nicotine electronic cigarettes did not quit smoking.
There are plenty of options if you would like to start your journey to smoke-free. Professional support and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) are evidence-based quit smoking methods and products that are proven to assist in quitting smoking. #KnowYourSmoke#nicotine#replacement#healthyliving#juul#vape#vaping#health#effects#harmful#substances#facts#education#cigarettes#quitting#smoking
Why should people be concerned about breathing in second-hand e-cigarette smoke? When a person exhales the vapour of an e-cigarette, the vapours don’t just disappear. Similar to smoke from a regular cigarette, the vapours are not healthy for people to breathe in, especially young children or the elderly.
The aerosol from an electronic cigarette contains harmful chemicals and ultrafine particles which could potentially be inhaled deep into the lungs. These vapours can contain diacetyle, benzene, nickel, tin and lead. It is still to be determined the health effects of all the other potentially harmful chemicals in e-cigarette fluids. In addition to these harmful chemicals, kids exposed to these second-hand vapours can risk accidental nicotine addition, mood disorders and lowered impulse control.
Just because it’s not a real cigarette, it doesn’t mean there is no real danger. #KnowYourSmoke#smoking#facts#second#hand#smoke#implications#concern#vape#vaping#juul#ecigarettes#nicotine#tobacco#replacement#therapies#health#crisis#education
Is there an e-cigarette that is healthier than others? To start off, there are two different types of e-juice – PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerin). Both compound additives have different consistencies, and contributes a different taste to vape juices. PG and VG contribute different sensations in the mouth and throat, and the two are sometimes combined in various mixtures for varied results.
One thing that may be dangerous when it comes to inhaling this e-juice is the possibility of allergic reactions. Sometimes propylene can cause an allergic reaction, so users must beware to all the ingredients listed before smoking.
Overall, there is no such thing as a ‘healthy e-cigarette’. One of the main reasons of this is due to the unknown side effects that some components within the liquid vapour and the lack of research done and so the public knowledge is highly confusing. Do not believe everything that you might read or hear from others as no one knows what vaping could do to your body. #KnowYourSmoke#options#eduction#facts#savelives#nicotine#addiction#quitting#health#crisis#vape#vaping
Why did Israel ban the Juul? Recently, the president of Israel has initiated a nation-wide ban on JUUL stating that is it considered a ‘grave danger for public health‘. For those who are unfamiliar with Juul, it is a company that manufactures e-cigarettes that uses nicotine salts that exists in leaf-based tobacco for its main ingredient and has become the most popular choice of e-cigarette in the US within the past two years, particularly among teens.
The main reason for the ban is because Juul e-cigarettes contain more than 20ml of nicotine concentration, which is a serious health risk to the public. So what does this mean for Israel? It means that both import and exports of the product have been ceased and any travellers coming to Israel will not be allowed to be in possession of a Juul device.
Following this, the FDA are working towards banning other flavoured e-cigarettes from Juul that may appeal to younger children in the United States. We are working towards a safer environment for particularly younger children, but in the mean time, whilst no definitive research has been completed, we urge you to double think when you are opting for an e-cigarette. #KnowYourSmoke#Israel#juul#banned#health#risks#unknown#nicotine#tobacco#nicotine#ecigarettes#quitting#knowing#facts#education
The troubling concern for e-cigarette smokers in 20 years time. NSW Health originally circulated fact sheet “Are electronic e-cigarettes legal in Australia” is currently not live on any of their websites which is causing huge concern. There is no prevalence of e-cigarette harm news/ information available unless users navigate through complex web-forums on their own accord.
NSW Health states: “The limited available evidence shows that the safety of electronic cigarettes, liquids and aerosols cannot be guaranteed for users and other people who are exposed to them”. A study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of public health discussed nicotines intervention with the body, whereby Nicotine acts primarily via nicotinic acetyl cholinergic receptors found in the nervous system and a number of other organs and tissues such as muscle, lung, blood vessels, brain, kidneys and skin. These receptors activate several cell signaling pathways that are involved in physiological functions, but nicotinic stimulation of these receptors may also cause many of nicotine’s unwanted and harmful effects.
The long-term health effects of e-cigarette usage is unknown, similar to tobacco smoking which was unknown for many years until it caused millions of deaths. #KnowYourSmoke#juul#health#unknown#risks#health#crisis#quitting#nicotine#smoking#tobacco#ecigarettes#vape#vaping
What is @unsw doing to assist e-cigarette smokers to quit? UNSW since 2014 has profiled highly visible anti-smoking campaigns across the institution, particularly emphasising treatments available to combat tobacco smoke. UNSW Sustainability highlighted alternate treatments to facilitate students quitting their smoking habits and to go “smoke-free” as mentioned below: “As an alternative to abruptly stopping (“cold turkey”), many treatment options are available to aid smokers to cease smoking. These treatments range from the provision of advice (such as telephone-based coaching) and intensive behavioural support (i.e. counselling) to pharmacological treatment including nicotine replacement therapies (delivered via adhesive skin patch, oral or nasal spray, chewing gum or lozenge), to prescription medications”. The problem being, people are turning to e-cigarettes as a nicotine replacement which also has harmful effects.
If e-cigarettes are going to be endorsed as a non-healthy habit, sustainable quitting plans must be both mapped out on UNSW Health, UNSW Sustainability and other highly trafficked forums/ divisions to allow transparency of the institutions intentions/ provide constructive educational awareness on the topic.
Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are effectively prohibited in Australia. E-cigarette users (or vapers) in Australia will still not be able to buy or import nicotine for vaping without a prescription. Their only legal option would be to ask their doctor for a prescription, which doctors are generally reluctant to provide.
UNSW has a policy "The Smoke-Free Environment" which applies to all university grounds including vehicles, boats and residential accommodation and covers all forms of tobacco smoking, including cigarettes, cigars, vaporizers, e-cigarettes and water pipe tobacco smoking.
Although e-cigarettes are banned, the only advice offered to seeking treatment to quit nicotine addictions are catered towards Tobacco smokers. Watch: video provided by UNSW Health https://youtu.be/z16vhtjWKL0.
E-cigarettes need to be treated as a seperate entity to allow for a more informed health education, counselling services and constructive pathways to quit. @unsw
There are currently more than 466 e-cigarette brands, each with its own website and over 7764 unique flavours. No electronic cigarette or e-liquid containing nicotine has been approved by health authorities in Australia. Some electronic cigarette manufacturers claim that electronic cigarettes can assist with quitting smoking, however there is limited evidence and mixed opinions among health experts about whether using electronic cigarettes can actually help people to quit.
Current research shows mixed results and unclear conclusions. Some studies show that electronic cigarettes do not assist people to quit or help to reduce the amount of tobacco cigarettes they smoke.
There is limited information available about how safe electronic cigarettes are. The products available in Australia use a wide variety of parts and are sourced from many different manufacturers, including overseas manufacturers where safety and quality controls are unknown. The limited available evidence shows that the safety of electronic cigarettes, liquids and aerosols cannot be guaranteed for users and other people who are exposed to them. Many harmful substances have been found in the heated vapour, including some of the same lung-damaging toxins found in tobacco smoke.
If you’re considering using electronic cigarettes to help you quit smoking, you might want to give the following points some thought:
- There is no good evidence that electronic cigarettes are any better than current recommended strategies.
- The devices and e-liquids are not regulated as a therapeutic good in Australia and manufacturing standards are not monitored
- In clinical trials, the vast majority of people that used either nicotine or non-nicotine e-cigarettes did not stop smoking. www.icanquit.com.au #KnowYourSmoke#Smoking#Healthcare#Health#cigarettes#vaping#tabacco#juul#healtheffects#quitting
Have you personally noticed an increase in friends, family or work colleges smoking e-cigarettes in non-smoking areas? We believe in order to combat the renormalising of smoking and promote alternatives to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), funding needs to be put into place that is built from a harm-reduction model that strays away from benefits of e-cigarettes in comparison to Tabasco inhalation to focus on the benefits of being smoke-feee. Share your thoughts. #KnowYourSmoke | #smoking#healtheffects#cancer#ecigarettes#vape#juul#vaping#smokefree
While there are anecdotal claims of electronic cigarettes as an aid to quitting, there are also reports of users increasing their nicotine addiction, of dual use (electronic cigarettes and smoked tobacco) and of electronic cigarettes as a pathway for Tabasco and nicotine addition. @cancercouncil #KnowYourSmoke | #smoking#facts#vape#juul#health#ecigarettes