Many people think vapes are just flavoured water. This is simply not true. The main ingredient in vapes is propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine or glyercol. Vapes can contain the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray. They just don't put it on the pack.
Vapes come in a number of flavours such as blueberry or bubble-gum that make them appealing. Many vapes also contain nicotine, the same highly addictive substance found in tobacco cigarettes.
Testing has shown that vapes labelled 'nicotine-free' can have high nicotine levels. People can think they are using nicotine-free vapes and can unknowingly quickly develop a nicotine addiction.
NSW Health has developed resources for schools, parents and young people to raise awareness that vapes are not harmless.
Signage is also available for businesses so they can clearly advise customers that vaping is prohibited in areas where smoking is prohibited.
It is illegal to sell vapes to people under the age of 18 years, if you are aware of retailers selling vapes to under-age teenagers, click on the link below to report them.
Quitline counsellors are available to answer any questions about vapes. They can provide tips and strategies, and help people to plan their quit attempts, based on their own needs and preferences. They can also help parents and carers think of ways to approach a conversation about vaping with young people.
For help to quit smoking or vaping, call the Quitline on 13 7848 (13 QUIT).
If you want to refer a client or student, you can fill in their details and a Quitline advisor will give them a call. They will need to give to consent for the referral to be made.
This service is also available in Arabic, Vietnamese and Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin). There is also an Aboriginal Quitline, run by Aboriginal counsellors.