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February 23, 2017
HERE’S a fairly new breed
of individuals lurking in the
Some smokers have for-
gone the traditional burning of tobacco
for inhaling vaporised nicotine from
E-cigarettes use heat to vaporise
a nicotine-based liquid that might be
a less harmful alternative to regular
Emeritus Professor at University
of Sydney’s School of Public Health,
Simon Chapman, said this was due to
e-cigarettes not involving inhaling any
likely to be
not burning any-
thing and inhal-
ing those com-
so that’s a very
big tick,” he
“But there’s a lot of hype about how
they’re almost completely safe and how
wonderful they are for quitting smoking.
“It would be wonderful if that were
true, but we don’t know yet.”
Along with vaporised nicotine,
‘vapers’ are inhaling chemical fla-
vouring agents and propylene glycol
through their e-cigarettes.
“Some people tell you it’s just like
standing in the shower, breathing in
steam, but in the shower you haven’t
got all those chemicals and nicotine,”
Prof Chapman said.
“None of the flavouring chemicals
have been tested for safety in inhalation,
only ingestion. That’s a huge difference.”
E-cigarettes vaporise the nicotine-
laced liquid into ultrafine particles that
are quickly absorbed into the airways.
These are smaller than particles from
“They’re inhaling ultrafine particles
into their lungs,” Prof Chapman said.
“At the amount they’re doing it,
there’s no precedent to know how it will
affect them doing it every day for years.”
Prof Chapman said the average
vaper took between 200-600 puffs a
day on their e-cigarette.
“There’s been some really disturb-
ing stuff recently saying just 10 puffs of
an e-cigarette is equivalent to smoking
a single cigarette in terms of inflamma-
tion of the airways,”
“That could lead
to the possible onset
research went into
health effects of
smoking and Prof
Chapman said it
was also too early to
understand the long-
term impact of vaping.
“We have really little idea because
they’ve only been around for the past
five years,” he said.
“The diseases they might cause in
the heart and respiratory tract don’t
start showing up in such a short periods
“We don’t have a huge amount of
evidence about what they’re doing.”
Prof Chapman also noted that most
people using e-cigarettes were still
smoking as well.
Defence does not encourage the use of
e-cigarettes generally or as a part of a quit
smoking program. ADF members wishing to quit
smoking can see their medical officer or other
health provider at their local Garrison Health
Centre for professional advice and support.
E-cigarettes may not be as safe as you
think, Cpl Max Bree reports.
None of the
have been tested for
safety in inhalation,
University of Sydney
it is too early
to believe the
a safe alternative
Photo: Cpl Casey Gaul
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