The Australian Council on Smoking and Health has today welcomed the launch of a hard-hitting education campaign by Western Australia’s Ministers for Health and Education designed to combat an alarming increase in the use of e-cigarettes by school students.
“A comprehensive approach will be required to reduce the use of e-cigarettes by children and young people in WA and Nationally,” said Maurice Swanson, Chief Executive of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health.
“There is strong evidence that non-smokers who use e-cigarettes are three times as likely to go on to smoke combustible tobacco cigarettes as non-smokers who do not use e- cigarettes, supportive of a “gateway” effect.
“Recent research from Australia’s National University has also identified that the risks of e- cigarettes include: addiction; intentional and unintentional poisoning; acute nicotine toxicity, including seizures; burns and injuries; lung injury; indoor air pollution; environmental waste and fires; and dual use with cigarette smoking.
“It is essential that that this education campaign is underpinned by a significant increase in the level of enforcement by state and commonwealth governments to stop the sale/supply of these illegal products to children and young people.
“The sale or supply of e-cigarettes is illegal unless facilitated by a Doctor’s prescription,” Mr Swanson said.
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Australian Council on Smoking and Health Ph 0401 090 915