Ben wants to quit vaping. He has a few times already. It’s easy, he says, despite the tremors and headaches, feeling hot then cold, the irritability. But then he says vapes – also known as e-cigarettes – containing nicotine are so easy to get despite being illegal to sell in Australia without a prescription, he’s confident he can quit any time. So he starts it up again.
Ben* is 17, and has been using vapes containing nicotine for two years. “At the beginning, it’s just like trying to look cool and stuff, but then it does sort of become pretty intense,” he says. It started as a “fun little thing”, buying a vape that contained 300 one-second “puffs”. [...]