Tobacco: Health alarm at surge in teenage vaping

04 Apr 2021 - Alcohol & Tobacco

Black-market sellers use social media platforms TikTok and Instagram to sell teens e-cigarettes, which are often sold in fruit and confectionery flavours that appeal to young people. Vaping is a problem for teenagers and schools, says Quit Victoria director Sarah White, and as a result her organisation is developing an anti-vaping resource for schools and parents. Health Department figures show e-cigarette use by young Australians increased 96 per cent between 2015 and 2019. “We are getting reports that kids are vaping in schools, in bathrooms,” Dr White said. “It’s appearing to be more of a problem in private schools ... but we do know it’s in state schools.”

Sunday Age; 04/04/2021; Page 12​