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Vape companies are targeting our rangatahi. Vaping is not for young people and is intended to help people quit smoking. If you don't smoke - don't vape.

Both vaping and smoking both deliver nicotine - tobacco causes harm, but vaping is not harmless.

It is illegal to supply vapes to people under 18 years (minors). It is also illegal to purchase vapes on behalf of minors. The fines for doing this are $2000 and $5000 respectively.

The vaping liquid typically contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, plus flavours and the option of nicotine. Some ingredients in vape juice may be safe to ingest but not to inhale, and may cause lung damage.

Common side effects of vaping:

  • coughing
  • dry mouth and throat
  • shortness of breath
  • mouth and throat irritation
  • headaches

E-cigarette use is linked to poor mental health and may cause a higher incidence of asthma in pre-disposed young people.

Here's some good tips on discussing this topic with your rangatahi: 

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Last updated 24 June 2024.