E-cigarettes popular despite lack of safety data

A recent study showed one in five Australians had tried e-cigarettes and 7% were using them. 

In light of the lack of evidence about their safety and effectiveness, the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals (AASCP) has published an information sheet for smokers and health professionals to address the information gap. 

Dr Colin Mendelsohn, vice-president of the AASCP, said while many smokers report that e-cigarettes helped them quit or reduce their smoking, he is concerned that many people may be exposed to unregulated amounts of nicotine. 

“E-cigarettes can be purchased legally without nicotine at retail outlets in Australia,” he said. 

“Although the sale of nicotine is prohibited, studies in NSW and Tasmania have found that many of these products do actually contain nicotine.