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  • Alison J

Portable Vaporisers and the Teenage Market

With two working teenagers in the house I feel like an unpaid receptionist with the number of parcels that I sign for each day. Today was a typical day, four parcels in total and none of them for me. I didn’t think too much of them all at the time, just threw the parcels on their beds ready for when they arrived home from school. It was a Friday and as is typical everyone seems to have something on and it’s like ships passing.

The next day my beautiful seemingly innocent boy starts asking some pretty odd questions about the health benefits of aromatherapy in particular lavender and mint. By this stage I’m starting to get a bit suspicious and start asking some a few questions of my own. Not much of a secret keeper, to my horror he proudly produces a portable gas powered herbal vaporiser that I had inadvertently signed for the day before. He was very keen to show me how it worked and wanted to pick some lavender to give me a test run. Poor kid was extremely shocked at my less then favourable reaction. Now I’d read a bit about them before so I had a few misgivings, as well as being under no illusions that it was purchased for one particular herb and not the garden variety. Long story short, after a lengthy discussion about the negative health effects, not to mention the fact that he is a child, the paraphernalia was confiscated and a very expensive lesson was learned.

I think it is important that as parents we share this information with others. Please spread the word, these devices are easy to buy, easy to hide and portable.

The facts:

  • The vaporising is done at a lower temperature which means that less smoke is released and therefore there is less chance of detection from people around them.

  • Relatively new to the market there is not enough research to determine their safety and long term health effects.

  • Whilst banned in Australia, nicotine for these devices are easily purchased online. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 8 out of 10 of our youth aged between 12 and 17 use flavoured e-cigarettes. This makes them more palatable but no less addictive.

  • E-cigarettes can also be a delivery system for marijuana and other illicit drugs.

  • Youth who use any form of tobacco product are more likely to become addicted to traditional cigarettes in the future.

  • Brain development continues into the early 20s, nicotine and drug use can disrupt the growth of brain circuits that affect attention, learning & addiction.

  • The aerosol created by e-cigarettes can contain ingredients that are harmful to the public’s health, including nicotine, ultrafine particles, flavourings such as diacetyl a chemical linked to serious lung disease, volatile organic compounds such as benzene which is found in car exhaust, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead…

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