What’s the deal with e-cigarettes?
You may have heard people talking about using electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or e-cigs) as a way to try to quit smoking. But they are illegal and could be dangerous. Here are a few things you should know about e-cigarettes:
1. An e-cigarette is a battery operated device that contains nicotine. The nicotine is turned into a vapor in the e-cig and then breathed in, which is called ‘vaping’.
2. E-cigarettes are illegal in Australia, which means it’s against the law to buy or sell them.
3. There have been no scientific studies to prove that e-cigarettes help quit smoking, and no studies to show that they are safe.
4. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, so using them to quit smoking means you’re not breaking your addiction to nicotine. You’re just replacing one habit (smoking a normal cigarette) with another habit (smoking an e-cigarette). Find out more about addiction by watching this video: http://nosmokes.com.au/quitting/addiction/
5. Because e-cigarettes are not controlled by official authorities, there is no label to tell you what’s actually in them, so you’re inhaling unknown poisons and chemicals. Regular cigarettes already contain heaps of gross stuff, like toilet cleaner, fly spray and bleach, so imagine what’s in an e-cigarette? Also, there’s no label on e-cigarettes that says how much nicotine you are ‘smoking’, so you could actually be getting a lot more nicotine than from a regular cigarette.
6. Young people might try e-cigarettes, thinking they are safe, and then move onto real cigarettes. A study suggests that youth who smoke e-cigarettes are more likely to move on to old-fashioned cigarettes. More.
There are lots of safe ways to quit such as nicotine patches, gum, counseling and hypnotherapy. Watch the video about ways to quit here: http://nosmokes.com.au/quitting/ways-to-quit/
Quit associations around Australia believe more research needs to be done on e-cigarettes, and does not recommend using them. Here is a page of info http://quit.org.au/about/frequently-asked-questions/e-cigarettes