The sneaky way Chinese vape kingpins are getting their nicotine-laden devices into Australia – as experts admit it's 'too late' for thousands of addicted kids

Many e-cigarettes that are labelled nicotine-free actually contain high nicotine It means thousands of young Australians are inhaling nicotine without realisingOne insider revealed that there is very little regulation on the sale of e-cigarettes 

Chinese vape companies are sending e-cigarettes filled with nicotine into Australia by brazenly wiping the harmful substance from their ingredients list allowing their addictive devices to breeze through customs and into shops.

The federal government is set to reveal sweeping reforms to stop children vaping this week, but experts have admitted it might be too late for thousands who are already addicted.

Mark Brooke, CEO of Lung Foundation Australia, told Daily Mail Australia that many e-cigarettes that are labelled as nicotine-free ‘actually do, in fact, contain nicotine’.

This means that thousands of young Aussies, who are attracted to the e-cigarettes by social media and ‘fun’ flavours, are unknowingly breathing in and becoming addicted to nicotine.

An insider told Daily Mail Australia: ‘E-cigarettes can be easily bought online through websites or places like Facebook Marketplace where there is generally very little regulation. We also know that brick and mortar stores aren’t checking IDs as they should be either.

‘The different fun and fruity flavours are very clearly targeted towards kids, and social media advertising is targeting this demographic.’

Mark Brooke, CEO of Lung Foundation Australia, told Daily Mail Australia that many e-cigarettes that are labelled as nicotine-free 'actually do, in fact, contain nicotine'

Mark Brooke, CEO of Lung Foundation Australia, told Daily Mail Australia that many e-cigarettes that are labelled as nicotine-free ‘actually do, in fact, contain nicotine’

Discussing the dangers of nicotine for children, Mr Brooke added: ‘As well as being highly addictive, nicotine can harm the still-developing adolescent brain, particularly in areas that control attention, learning, mood, and behavioural control.

‘There is also evidence to indicate that vaping can lead to several adverse health impacts including cancers and increases in heart and lung disease.

‘It’s illegal for children to buy e-cigarettes, and for anyone to buy nicotine containing e-cigarettes without a prescription, but we know that the industry is largely unregulated, and children are easily accessing these products.

‘E-cigarettes are often mislabelled and can contain over 200 chemicals including formaldehyde that can cause irreversible lung damage and propylene glycol, which is toxic to human cells.’

In Australia, it is illegal to sell, supply or possess an e-cigarette that contains nicotine without a doctor’s prescription.

However this hasn’t stopped some suppliers, who are just removing nicotine from the ingredients list, even if it is present in their vapes.

There are fears that thousands of Aussie children are unwittingly consuming nicotine, as well as other dangerous ingredients including acetone and pulegone.

Federal Health Minister Mark Butler revealed vaping had doubled in the country between 2016 and 2019 and, in New South Wales, almost a third of 16-24 year-olds had tried vaping last year. 

Thousands of young Aussies, who are attracted to the e-cigarettes by social media and 'fun' flavours, are unknowingly breathing in and becoming addicted to nicotine

Thousands of young Aussies, who are attracted to the e-cigarettes by social media and ‘fun’ flavours, are unknowingly breathing in and becoming addicted to nicotine

An insider told Daily Mail Australia: 'E-cigarettes can be easily bought online through websites or places like Facebook marketplace where there is generally very little regulation'

An insider told Daily Mail Australia: ‘E-cigarettes can be easily bought online through websites or places like Facebook marketplace where there is generally very little regulation’

Meanwhile, vaping in the state of Victoria has doubled in frequency in four years, according to a Victorian Smoking & Health Survey.

In an alarming trend, the data also showed there had been a sharp ‘five-fold’ rise in women aged 18 to 24 using the e-cigarettes across the state.

Vapers in this age group, which made up 2.8 per cent of users under 30 in 2018-2019, has soared to 15.2 per cent in 2022, the research showed.

Mr Butler’s proposed reforms are expected to include a ban on the import of nicotine vaping products and a crackdown on social media advertising of tobacco and vapes.

NSW Health revealed it had seized more than 157,000 vapes containing nicotine in raids in the 18 months to September.

Dozens of retailers were also prosecuted for selling the product, but chief health officer Kerry Chant said it was ‘just the tip of the iceberg’.

Quit Victoria Director, Dr Sarah White, said decades of success in tobacco control could be undone with the ready availability of illegal e-cigarettes.

‘We have an estimated 77,200 never smokers reporting they are currently using e-cigarettes, and more than half of past year e-cigarette users are vaping nicotine,’ she said in a statement.

‘At a time when, as a society, we are trying to reduce preventable ill-health, this is a slow-motion train wreck for Victoria.’

Vapers have already been calling up the state’s Quitline, saying they can’t shake the e-cigarette habit.

The data also showed Victorian vapers, who numbered 154,895 in 2018 to 2019, now amount to 308,827.

Vaping has been declared by experts as the nation’s next ‘big health issue’ as the number of Australians smoking e-cigarettes continues to rapidly rise.

In June, Year 12 student Ruby shared how she was just 14 when she had her first vape and quickly became addicted.

She revealed how simple it was to get hold of them being sold under the counter or on social media.

‘I don’t want to be, like, a massive snitch but it’s actually, like, super easy,’ Ruby, 17, told Four Corners.

‘You can buy them from convenience stores and there’s also kids and young adults who buy them overseas in bulk.’

‘There’s lots of street dealers doing stuff. You go on your phone, you’re like, ‘Can I pick up a vape?’ and they’re like, ’20 minutes’. And you just meet them somewhere and they just hand it to you.

‘I think it’s the same as any other drugs. It’s definitely word of mouth and social media as well.’

She still remembers her first vape, which she described ‘like dying but in a good way’.

Meanwhile, calls to the NSW Poisons Information Centre for accidental vaping exposures in toddlers have more than tripled in the past year, it was revealed in July.

In 2021, children aged one to four years accounted for 48 per cent of all calls related to vaping exposures, with 127 calls made to the NSWPIC hotline.

This is three times higher than the number of calls made for this age group in 2020.

Dr Darren Roberts, Medical Director of the NSWPIC, said: ‘We know vaping inhalant already has the potential to be a highly toxic substance in adults so the concern is even more real for toddlers and young children.’

News Related

OTHER NEWS

R. Kelly's sexual abuse indictments in Chicago are DROPPED by prosecutor Kim Foxx, after she was upstaged by two federal convictions that have so-far netted pervert 30 years in jail

R. Kelly was due in court in Chicago on Tuesday for a hearing on state charges accusing him of sexually abusing four people, three of whom were minorsYet on the eve of the hearing the prosecutor, Kim Foxx, Cook County state attorney, announced that she had dropped the chargesThe 56-year-old disgraced rapper is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence in a New York case and awaits sentencing on Feb. 23 in Chicago federal court Read more »

Single woman's desperate attempt to track down the handsome, shirtless under 30 stranger she met lounging under a tree by a pool - although she's concerned by one 'red flag'

A single Aussie woman met a handsome man at a Sydney pool  The two didn't exchange names or numbers in person  Those in the community helped identify the man and connect the two together  Do you know more? Contact tips@dailymail.com Read more »

My heart rate is 100 beats a minute when I wake up. Would an ablation help? DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions

My heartbeat is rapid — very seldom below 100 beats per minute, even after a good night’s sleep. I have atrial fibrillation and am prescribed bisoprolol, but I am still ... Read more »

Could taking a depression pill prevent lasting agony of shingles? Scientists launch clinical trial to examine effectiveness of treating post-herpetic neuralgia with amitriptyline

Sitting in A&E, with piercing pain radiating across his forehead and his left eye, David Hadfield clutched his head, struggling to work out what was going wrong. The answer emerged ... Read more »

Extremely Aussie moment a father and daughter bicker as she is almost bitten while trying to remove a tick from her dad’s venomous pet tiger snake

Father and daughter squabble over his pet snake Daughter afraid of removing ticks from betwixt scales Tiger snakes killed four people between 2005-2015  Read more »

Video: 'Excluding women from women's prisons just because they've got penises...seems awfully TERFy to me': JK Rowling takes a swipe at Nicola Sturgeon as the Scottish leader ties herself in knots while she is grilled on trans offenders

Read more »

The one VERY important thing missing from Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt's gushing Instagram posts about pasta, undies and a Mazda car dealer

Taryn Brumfitt Instagram posts raise questionsAustralian of the Year endorsed products  Read more »

Married At First Sight EXCLUSIVE: Proof drama-filled wedding was 'fake' as leaked screenshots show Harrison and Bronte matched on Hinge BEFORE meeting at the altar

Do you have a tip about MAFS 2023? Email ali.daher@mailonline.com  Read more »

Nurse who filmed viral footage of Alice Springs hotel under siege reveals her disturbing theory about why kids are on the streets and recounts the most terrifying night of her life

Nurse who filmed teens breaks her silenceRachel Hale filmed chaos at Diplomat Hotel, Alice SpringsOutback town has been gripped by crime crisis  Read more »

Carrie Bickmore becomes emotional over milestone moment after her colleague Peter Helliar and Leigh Sales 'sided' with her ex-partner Chris Walker following their shock split

Carrie Bickmore was overcome with emotion on Tuesday after celebrating one of her children’s major milestone. The former Project host, 42, shared a photo of herself with her daughter Evie, whom ... Read more »

Comedian Andy Lee says he is 'interested' in appearing on OnlyFans with well-endowed Irish porn star: 'That's awesome'

Andy Lee says he is ‘interested’ in appearing on OnlyFans. The 41-year-old funnyman made the shock admission after an Irish porn star, also called Andy Lee, suggested they co-star on ... Read more »

The Front Bar hosts Sam Pang and Mick Molloy release a BRUTAL parody of Michael Clarke's Noosa showdown with Karl Stefanovic: 'Don't you walk away from me, Pangos!'

The Front Bar has taken its promos to the next level with hosts Sam Pang and Mick Molloy filming a hilarious parody of Michael Clarke’s infamous Noosa rumble. Molloy took ... Read more »

Judgement day for two big-budget Channel 10 shows as the network makes a decision on the future of The Amazing Race and The Traitors

Channel 10 is remaining optimistic about the future of The Amazing Race Australia and The Traitors despite their disappointing ratings. Paramount ANZ’s Daniel Monaghan told TV Tonight they were keen to stand by ... Read more »

Sophie Cachia says she felt 'electricity' run through her the moment she realised she was turned on by women - but she'd been struggling with her identity and 'perfect life' for months

Sophie Cachia has revealed exactly what lead to her being attracted to women The mother-of-two said something changed for her when she was pregnant It was her second pregnancy and she believes it triggered her self discovery Read more »

PE teacher shares the nine foods you should eat every day for a sculpted physique - and the 'magic eraser' for when you feel sluggish

Super fit PE teacher Belinda Norton said you need to eat foods like fish dailyRecommends eating nine foods like carrots, avocado, greens and brown rice Belinda said her number one secret to fitness is to 'train and eat like a girl'  Read more »

Fed-up young woman, 27, calls for 'adult only' suburbs in Australia for those who 'hate kids': 'I'm so sick of going places and they're everywhere'

An Australian TikToker wants kid free suburbsShe is 'so sick' of children taking over public spacesMany parents agreed with her controversial idea  Read more »

Married At First Sight editing fail? Bridesmaids' dresses at Bronte's disastrous wedding change to a washed-out colour at her reception

Married At First Sight appeared to suffer an editing fail during the premiere episode of the 2023 season. Bronte Schofield tied the knot with Harrison Boon and had three stunning ... Read more »

Angelina Jolie looks effortlessly chic in a black trench coat as she's mobbed by fans while signing autographs in Paris

Angelina Jolie looked effortlessly chic as she visited the Guerlain Boutique at the Champs Elysees in Paris on Monday evening. The actress, 47, was mobbed by fans while out in ... Read more »

Lara Worthington, 35, showcases her model figure in behind-the-scenes photos from before the G'Day USA gala in Los Angeles

Lara Worthington (née Bingle) has offered a behind-the-scenes look at her style prep before attending the G’Day USA gala in Los Angeles on Sunday. The fashion model, 35, took to ... Read more »

Inside the wildest party of the year (and it's only January!) Justin Hemmes throws a raucous space-themed rave for his staff at his Sydney club with girlfriend Madeline Holtznagel - who jiggles her cleavage in a racy jumpsuit

Business is booming for billionaire pub baron Justin Hemmes and the Merivale tycoon treated his hard-working staff members to the party of the year on Monday night. Hemmes, who is ... Read more »

Australian Survivor star sparks outrage for saying she is 'more African-American' than a black contestant: 'I can't believe she just said that!'

Australian Survivor has sparked outrage among some viewers over a questionable comment from one of this season’s contestants. On Monday’s premiere of Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains, wildlife filmmaker Rogue ... Read more »

Channel Nine's Married At First Sight premiere DOMINATES the ratings and beats Ten's Australian Survivor and Seven's Australian Idol

Married At First Sight has consistently been a favourite with audiences. And yet again, the premiere of the tenth season dominated the OzTAM ratings on Monday night. The Channel Nine dating show topped ... Read more »

'Aggressive' husky thrashes and writhes on the ground as its tasered to death by police 'for escaping its yard, then trying to attack California parents, their children and their pet dog'

A loose husky was tasered to death by police officers after it chased a family, including young children, into their home and attempted to attack their petDog broke free twice when officers attempted to snared the animal as it approached a group of people in front of their homeLodi Police used a stun gun on the dog in order for it to be be captured safely but the dog died during the incident - the cause of death was not specified Read more »

Why your rent is about to soar: How 50,000 new Chinese migrants are about to flood Australia – here are the worst affected areas

'Most landlords' will put prices up by '5 per cent' within weeksChina has ordered its students to return to in person study Around 50,000 of them will arrive in Australia in February  Read more »

List of horrific injuries suffered by grandmother, 44, who was allegedly tortured with a 'jet flame' emerges - as the 'reason behind the hostage situation' is revealed

Sean Froggatt and Mariana Cheri Taitoko were allegedly kidnapped It's alleged Mr Froggatt was was murdered after both were tortured Two people have been charged over the incident in Wyong, NSW Read more »

Detail in Farmer Wants A Wife star's post has fans convinced golden couple Will Simpson and Jessica Cova are secretly married

Will Simpson and Jessica Cova are one of the golden couples of Farmer Wants A Wife after falling in love on the Channel Seven dating show last year. Now fans ... Read more »

Man accused of stabbing his 91-year-old grandfather to death is revealed to be the stepson of 'gangster mum' who was gunned down in a bloody execution months earlier

Man accused of stabbing grandfather is gangster's stepson The man was arrested after 91-year-old man found deadA 24-year-old is the stepson of Lametta Fadallah Read more »

EXCLUSIVE - Trump asks why Biden is getting 'white glove treatment' by an 'establishment hack' special counsel for leaving classified files in his garage and 'China-funded' think tank - while a war crimes prosecutor looks into him

Donald Trump on Thursday said slammed the nation's 'two standards of justice' He claimed Biden was getting the 'white glove treatment' in documents probe The White House is already under intense pressure to explain what happenedThe Justice Department has appointed a special counsel to investigate  Read more »

Video: 'These boys are out to sabotage Will!' Love Island viewers fume that the guys have 'done the farmer dirty' after he asks for fashion help to impress the new bombshells

Read more »

'Absolutely disgusting' inner-city studio flats with cracked tiles and a toilet next to the bed are up for rent at an eyewatering price you won't believe

Two shabby units in Paddington are up for grabs for a hefty priceThe Sydney studio properties are renting for $345 and $350Online commenters slammed the cracked floors: 'disgusting'   Read more »

Young couple forced to sit in stranger's puddle of vomit on Jetstar flight home from Bali: 'They said there was nowhere to move us to'

A Melbourne couple were forced to fly with vomit around their seatsJames McNeill and Ciara Scott took the Jetstar flight this monthThey were 'disgusted' after the ordeal following a holiday in Bali Read more »

TikTok video starring Today show hosts Karl Stefanovic and Sarah Abo goes viral for all the wrong reasons after Karl was involved in wild park brawl with Michael Clarke and his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough

Karl Stefanovic can’t seem to escape the shocking footage of him involved in a wild park brawl between cricketer Michael Clarke and his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough.  The Today show posted a ... Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: How Michael Clarke and Jade Yarbrough had NO IDEA they were being filmed and went into panic mode when they found out the jaw-dropping footage was about to be released: 'It was like a bomb went off'

Michael Clarke 'had no idea footage existed' Onlooker secretly filmed their infamous January 10 fight in Noosa  Clarke told about footage shortly before Jan 18 broadcast 'Like a bomb went off' according to friend Read more »

Why thousands of women are racing to Target to get their hands on this shirt inspired by a popular designer version - and it costs just $35

Shoppers and influencers are raving about a Target designer copy The store is selling a trendy pink and white oversized shirt The $35 buy is similar to high-end versions which cost hundreds  Read more »

How to get your hands on Kate Hudson's favourite $30 beauty buy that will leave your lips feeling silky smooth in seconds

Kate Hudson shared one of her favourite beauty buysIn an online video she said she loves Laneige's Lip Sleeping MaskThe star called the $30 mask 'the best product right now'  Read more »

Mom sues school claiming they secretly spent weeks encouraging her fifth grade daughter, 11, to transition to male - including changing her name and pronouns - after she said she ‘felt like a boy’

Aurora Regino said her daughter was 'unsure' of her gender identity at schoolA counselor at the school in Chico allegedly affirmed her as male in 'minutes'The daughter now identifies as female again and mom says it was due to 'stress' Read more »

The MANY changing faces of Kim Kardashian: As Cardi B hints reality star HAS had surgery after years of denials, FEMAIL reveals how much the 42-year-old has transformed over the years - as experts weigh in on whether she's REALLY gone under the knife

Kardashian, 42, became famed for her looks thanks to the success of her reality television showThe KKW Beauty founder has been a hot topic thanks to her impossibly round behind and flawless featuresFormer pal Cardi B says the star provided a list of plastic surgeons when the rapper decided to get surgeryThe mother-of-four has previously admitted to using Botox to maintain her looksKim has always claimed that her hourglass figure is natural, but has never denied having a fat transferThe self-titled 'shapeshifter' displayed a significantly more slimmed down figure in 2022 Read more »

Christian Wilkins steals the show in a $3,500 dress as he leads the celebrity arrivals at Piper-Heidsieck's annual Cocktail Party at the Australian Open

Christian Wilkins turned heads on Thursday as he, once again, stepped out in an incredible ensemble at Piper-Heidsieck’s yearly Cocktail Party. The 27-year-old fashionista stole the show on Rod Laver Arena Terrace, ... Read more »

'The guy's drunk out of his mind... he's NOT here to watch tennis': Novak Djokovic LOSES it with loudmouth tennis fan as Serbian demands umpire kick spectator out at the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic lost his cool with a tennis fan at the Australian Open on ThursdayThe Serbian was rattled by constant heckling from a spectator in Melbourne He said 'the guy's drunk out of his mind' and said he was 'provoking me' Security were seen speaking to a fan in the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena  Read more »

Is Margot about to launch an alcohol beverage range? Babylon star Robbie is spotted leaving a business meeting for the second day in a row with man carrying box from trendy Byron Bay distillery

Margot Robbie may be the next celebrity to dip her toe into the Australian liquor industry after she was spotted meeting with a man from Lord Byron Distillery on Thursday. ... Read more »
Kênh kiến thức kỹ năng, phát triển bản thân, hướng nghiệp, blog nhân sự