Tens of 1000’s of nicotine vapes illegally being bought to youngsters have been seized by state well being authorities over the previous 18 months as medical doctors elevate considerations about rising uptake amongst college college students.
Between July 2020 and December 2021, NSW Well being seized greater than 100,000 unlawful vaping merchandise, with a road worth of greater than $2 million.
Since October, it has been unlawful to promote e-cigarettes, generally often called vapes, or e-liquids containing nicotine to an individual and not using a physician’s prescription.
Nonetheless, even earlier than the brand new guidelines, native public well being items had been springing comfort shops, petrol stations and tobacconists who had been promoting vapes to youngsters, enlisting undercover youngsters to aim to buy the merchandise.
Vicky Sheppeard, from the general public well being unit at South Jap Sydney Native Well being District, mentioned well being authorities had been engaged on understanding the rise in vaping amongst highschool college students, which she mentioned had elevated considerably in 2021.
“We’re talking with principals who’re very conscious and anxious that there are rising numbers of younger individuals vaping,” she mentioned.
“Sadly we perceive that, whereas the use does enhance with age, it isn’t restricted to the youthful college students, and we now have had experiences of youngsters in main college vaping.”
Aden, a 17-year-old from Sydney’s west, mentioned vaping had unfold amongst his friends over the previous couple of years. He mentioned vapes had been “ridiculously simple to purchase” as an adolescent at comfort shops and repair stations.
“[Teenagers] know the way to stroll in when there’s nobody else within the store and the way to ask for it with out being apparent,” he mentioned.