Urgent concerns amid dramatic rise in young Australians vaping, including five-fold increase in women 18-24

Urgent concerns amid dramatic rise in young Australians vaping, including five-fold increase in women 18-24

The worrying growth in young Australians who vape is a “slow-moving train accident,” according to health professionals.

The prevalence of vaping in the state of Victoria has doubled in the past four years, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

The data also revealed an alarming fivefold increase in the number of 18- to 24-year-old women using e-cigarettes across the state.

The percentage of vapers in this age group, which comprised 2.8% of users under 30 in 2018-2019, has increased to 15.2% by 2022, according to study.

More than half of vape users in Victoria were also between the ages of 18 and 30.

VicHealth, which funded the study, was represented by Dr. Sandro Demaio, who stated that the market has been saturated with cheaply imported, addictive products.

The CEO told Nine News that the products, which are inhaled deeply by adolescents, contain more than 200 chemicals, many of which are forbidden under current legislation.

Most of them include nicotine, although it’s not listed on the packaging.

According to him, e-cigarettes contain formaldehyde and heavy metals, which can cause cancer and brain and lung damage.

‘We’ve witnessed a big increase. In Victoria, there has been a doubling of usage among adults and a fivefold increase among young women in the past four years, according to Dr. Demaio.

Director of Quit Victoria, Dr. Sarah White, stated that decades of tobacco reduction success could be undone by the easy availability of illegal e-cigarettes.

She stated in a statement, “An estimated 77,200 never smokers report using e-cigarettes, and more than half of e-cigarette users in the past year vape nicotine.”

This is a slow-motion train accident for Victoria at a time when we as a society are attempting to eliminate needless ill health.

Already, vapers have begun calling the state’s Quitline to express their inability to kick the e-cigarette habit.

The report also revealed that the number of Victorian vapers has increased from 154,895 in 2018-2019 to 308,827 in 2019-2020.

Almost a quarter of all Victorian adults who currently use electronic cigarettes have never smoked.

Some vapes taste like milk and fruit loops, according to Dr. Demaio, who stated that the multicolored and flavored e-cigarettes attract younger people.

He stated that some of the vapes are shaped like highlighters and had hoodie toggles that allow children to conceal them in their clothing.

The advocate for health has advocated for stricter vaping restrictions, noting that the issue is not limited to Victoria.

He stated that the federal government must take action to keep a closer eye on what enters Australia.

Victoria also advocated a license structure to identify suppliers in the trade.

Dr. Demaio said in a statement, “We know that many of the same chemicals and carcinogens used in tobacco processing are present in e-cigarette liquids.”

If we want Victorians to live longer, healthier lives, we must immediately implement vaping regulations that prioritize community health.

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