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29-11-2017

E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that heat liquid nicotine into a mist to be vaporised. Nicotine is delivered without burning tobacco and inhaled in vapour.. It is possible to buy the vaping device in some some
Australian States and in others it is illegal. Buying, possessing or using liquid nicotine in an e-cigarette is illegal in Australia, a ban that was upheld by the Therapeutic Goods Administration ( TGA) this year. The TGA decided that there was a risk people who had never smoked may take up the habit after using nicotine e-cigarettes. The TGA also remained concerned that vaping may make the practice of smoking more acceptable, damaging the campaign to decrease tobacco use in Australia.

Doctors , Medical Colleges and Specialists internationally remain divided about the place of e-cigarettes both therapeutically as a smoking reduction tool and their safety if using them as a personal choice.

Those supporting the use of e-cigarettes argue that they are a less harmul alternative to tobacco cigarette and could help smokers quit, thus saving lives and money. Many Australian public health experts
oppose the use of e-cigarettes, arguing that the evidence is not yet conclusive regarding their safety and their success in aiding quitting. The argument given by Australian Health Authorities is that our successful combined methods to reduce smoking rates over the years should be continued and that there is no need for a potentially dangerous new product to be added.

Health Authorities in New Zealand, England and Scotland have recently endorsed e-cigarettes as a less harmful option to smoking. Australia's public health authorities continue to argue that vaping may be a
gateway to smoking and nicotine addiction and that there is no long term evidence of the safety of e-cigarettes.

The debate regarding the risk of harm from vaping continues. The quoted 95% reduction in harm when vaping, compared to smoking was derived from a consensus by health professionals, not original
research. Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians also undertook reviews resulting in similar findings . The Australian Cancer Council, National Health and Medical Research Councils and
other leading health bodies maintain that there is insufficient evidence to claim e-cigarettes are safe, particularly in the long term.
Debate also continues regarding the research on e-cigarettes assisting quitting, whether it normalizes the act of smoking , whether it is a gateway product for young peaople and whether it?s is another tool for big tobacco.

The current quitnow.gov.au website has links to several quitting methods endorsed and offered in Australia and what to expect for those looking for the best quitting strategy for themselves :

- My QuitBuddy mobile app

- Quit for you - Quit for two mobile app

- Call the Quitline on 137848

- Get a free Quit Pack

- Sign up to QuitCoach

- Using gum, patches or medication

- Quitting cold turkey

- Alternative quitting methods

- Quitting methods not recommended

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