“Don’t Get Sucked In” is the vaping message

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The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ - ARFNZ, along with their Scientific Advisory Board members want to see New Zealanders quit smoking, however not to the detriment of youth.

ARFNZ say the focus this last week has been on the impact of vaping in schools, with principals noting that vaping is the main cause of students being stood down.

AFRNZ believes a big reason for the youth uptake of vaping could be attributed to the misconceptions surrounding vape harm, and much of the misconception around vaping harm stems from a 2015 report by Public Health England, ‘E-cigarettes: an evidence update’, where vaping was stated to be "95 per cent safer" than smoking. However, this figure is derived from an anecdotal article, says AFRNZ, and is not founded on scientific research.

"The findings from this article have been used as a "tag-line" for the vaping industry and repeated in the media for many years," says Letitia Harding, Chief Executive, ARFNZ.

"Youth have heard this message, and have now adopted the mindset that vaping is safe - even though it isn’t."

There is pressure on the Government from NGOs, schools, and health professionals to pass the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill through prior to the 2020 General Election, with the hope that some of the restrictions in the Bill will address these misconceptions and reduce the uptake of vaping in youth.

ARFNZ has created a vaping awareness website ‘Don’t Get Sucked In’, which is a resource aimed to challenge youth on whether they have been ‘sucked in’ to some of these misconceptions. The site contains information including what’s in a vape and the risks, as well as what to do if youth are feeling pressured to vape.

For more information and resources on vaping visit www.dontgetsuckedin.co.nz




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4 Comments

Bad news for lungs

Posted on 05-07-2020 17:53 | By Womby

A local transport company has banned it in vehicles because of the oily residue left on all of the interior surfaces. Imagine that in your lungs

@Yadick

Posted on 05-07-2020 17:37 | By morepork

Sadly, most kids are not as smart as your son. You’ve had a thankful escape.

The Fun Police...

Posted on 05-07-2020 17:36 | By morepork

... are the ones who want to stop vaping. That is what most young people I’ve spoken with about it seem to believe. ARFNZ have a very difficult and uphill battle because there is serious big business money behind the industry, and some of it is laundry from criminal activities overseas. We should never have let it get established here and it should be illegal. It does no good to anybody except the providers, and anyone with any kind of ethics or morals wouldn’t be providing it.

Watch Ya Nuts

Posted on 05-07-2020 12:10 | By Yadick

Our Son took up vaping, fortunately only for a few months and gave it up. I picked up one of the bottles of chemicals (and that’s what they are) and here’s a warning that it may have harmful effects on a mans ability to reproduce.

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