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Fewer Australians are smoking tobacco daily, while more are vaping and using e-cigarettes, results from the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey found, with e-cigarette use among non-smokers aged 18 to 24 years quadrupling in six years. The director of centre operations at Melbourne University’s Centre for Behaviour Change, Dr Michelle Jongenelis, said the increased e-cigarette use among Australians was “very concerning”.

“Although marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are not harmless and there are significant health risks associated with their use,” she said. [...]