RMY18: Vaping

Duration10 minutes
Learning ObjectivesTo develop an understanding of the myths and truths about vaping.
Tools/materials for the PresenterRural Minds Youth PowerPoint – Vaping
Lesson ComponentsThe use of electronic cigarettes or vaping is an issue that has caught society unaware.
Originally developed as a tool to assist smokers to give up, it has rapidly become a major problem in society – including our schools.
Electronic cigarettes are also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs, vape pens or vapes.
They have NOT been approved as a quit smoking aid in Australia, nor are they listed under the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.
E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid (e-liquid or vape juice) into a fine vapour for inhalation into the lungs. The products vary widely in their design and operation, but are typically made up of a battery, heating element and a cartridge or refillable reservoir for the liquid.
It is important to be aware that the composition of the liquid varies greatly and is often very poorly labelled or explained.
There is a common misbelief that vaping is a healthier option compared to cigarettes, as e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco.
However, it’s the other chemicals in the liquid that are of great concern. Many of these have proven carcinogenic (cancer causing) properties when used long-term.
The labelling is often incomplete or inaccurate and does not list all of the ingredients, so you just do not know what you are inhaling into your lungs. Many commonly found components include lead, formaldehyde and even arsenic!
Some other ingredients found in vape juice are:
Anti-freeze (typically used in the coolant of a car’s radiator)
Propylene glycol (solvent used in fog or smoke machines)
Volatile organic compounds (paint and heavy-duty cleaning product bases)
Polyester compounds, and
Hundreds of other known carcinogens
Nearly all vapes are flavoured. These flavours are generally sweet and appeal to young people. While the flavours have been proven
safe for use in food and drink, they are not necessarily safe when inhaled.
In Australia, vapes and electronic cigarette products containing nicotine are illegal unless prescribed by a doctor.
Vapes are classified as tobacco products and subject to the same laws as cigarettes, even when they don’t contain nicotine.
This means that e-cigarettes can’t be:
Used in no-smoking areas, both indoors and outdoors.
Sold to children under 18 years of age.
Advertised, promoted or displayed at retail outlets.
Provided for sale in a vending machine.
Key messagesVapes were originally marketed as a stop smoking aid but have since become a distinct commercial product.
They are very dangerous because most of them are illegally imported and or often insufficiently or incorrectly labelled.
Most of the vapes tested were found to contain nicotine, arsenic, formaldehyde and other toxins.
In Australia, vapes are treated just like tobacco cigarettes and, as such, all smoking laws also apply to vapes.
ReflectionWhat are some of the chemicals regularly found in vapes?
A: Nicotine, arsenic, formaldehyde and other toxins.