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Smoking in Australia

In 2017-18, just under one in seven (13.8%) or 2.6 million adults were daily smokers, whilst a further 1.4% of people also reported smoking on a less than daily basis. Since 1995, the proportion of adults who are daily smokers has decreased from 23.8% to 13.8% in 2017-18. Over recent years however, the daily smoking rate has remained fairly constant (14.5% in 2014-15). Despite this, the proportion of adults who have never smoked has increased from 49.4% in 2007-08 to 52.6% in 2014-15 and 55.7% in 2017-18. In 2017-18, young adults aged 18-24 years were more likely to have never smoked than any other age group, with 69.6% of men and 81.5% of women in this age group reporting that they had never smoked. These proportions have increased from 64.0% and 64.9% respectively since 2007-08. The national Health Survey was conducted in all states and territories and across urban, rural and remote areas of Australia in 2017/18. The survey included around 21,000 people in over 16,000 private dwellings. Previous surveys have been conducted since 1989/90.

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February 29, 2024 by sbs.com.au

Risky alcohol levels, illicit drug use among young women: Australia's drug use in charts

Smoking rates in Australia are decreasing, while e-cigarette use has tripled, particularly in affluent areas. The National Drug Strategy Household Survey also highlights a rise in risky alcohol consumption but a decrease in overall smoking. Illicit drug usage among young women has increased, with females aged 18-24 now as likely as men to use drugs. Daily e-cigarette use is highest in advantaged regions, while daily smoking is prevalent in lower socioeconomic areas. The survey shows stable illicit drug use trends, except for increases in hallucinogens and ketamine. Overall, e-cigarette use is rising, especially among young adults.

February 29, 2024 by thesaturdaypaper.com.au

Parliament to vote on vape sales ban

Australia will ban vape sales starting July 1. Health Minister Mark Butler announced plans for legislation to outlaw vaping without a prescription, completing the government's crackdown. The opposition's support is sought, with a social media campaign launched to discourage vaping, backed by a $250,000 budget.

February 29, 2024 by smh.com.au

Wealthiest Australians drive surge in illicit drug taking

The wealthiest Australians have driven a surge in the country’s illicit drug consumption over the past three years as the use of cocaine, ketamine and hallucinogens such as magic mushrooms became more popular. The latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey from 2022-23 has also revealed that fewer Australians are smoking tobacco than ever before but vaping among young people has risen fourfold, as it offers the first national snapshot of Australians’ drug and alcohol habits since 2019.

February 28, 2024 by health.gov.au

Minister for Health and Aged Care - press conference - 28 February 2024

Vaping or e-cigarettes were sold to our community and communities right around the world as a therapeutic good that would be a really useful tool for hardened smokers, usually middle aged and older Australians who have been smoking for decades, but were finding it really difficult to kick that habit. We now know, after a few years of this health experiment though, that vaping is something very different. This is a deliberate and cynical exercise by the Big Tobacco industry to recruit a new generation to nicotine addiction.

February 28, 2024 by abc.net.au

What are nicotine pouches? Are they safe to use, and why has the government banned them?

Health authorities are increasingly concerned about the illegal sale of a new nicotine product luring in young people and gaining traction across Australia.
Under Australian law, it is illegal for nicotine pouches to be commercially sold or advertised. But online retailers and some Queensland tobacconists are selling the pouches in colourful packaging, marketed as an alternative to smoking and vaping. Queensland Health has notified several Gold Coast businesses "about the illegality of nicotine pouches". 

February 27, 2024 by health.gov.au

What’s really in a vape?

Have you ever wondered what’s really in vapes? Find out how vapes work and some of the hundreds of toxic chemicals they can contain.

February 27, 2024 by health.gov.au

What’s really in a vape?

Have you ever wondered what’s really in vapes? Find out how vapes work and some of the hundreds of toxic chemicals they can contain.

February 27, 2024 by sydney.edu.au

Nicotine pouches are being marketed to young people But are they safe

Flavoured nicotine pouches are being advertised to young people on TikTok and Instagram, with some videos claiming they help with quitting vaping. The tobacco industry, including companies like Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco, produces these pouches. Despite restrictions on vaping products, the industry continues to innovate to maintain revenue. The legality of nicotine pouches in Australia remains unclear, with concerns about their promotion to youth on social media platforms.

February 26, 2024 by miragenews.com

Rise And Rise Of Vapes

The rise of disposable vaspes poses dangers to young people despite recent regulations. Professor Peters highlights parallels between vaping's growth and the tobacco industry's tactics. The increasing availability of modern disposable vapes, posing high addiction risks, is concerning. Misconceptions about nicotine content in vapes add to the issue. Vaping's harmful effects align closely with smoking, with a noted rise in tobacco use among young vapers. Legislation changes in Australia aim to restrict vape availability, emphasizing their role as a cessation aid.

February 26, 2024 by theconversation.com

Nicotine pouches are being marketed to young people on social media. But are they safe, or even legal?

Nicotine pouches with attractive flavors are being endorsed to youngsters on social media platforms. Despite some videos being removed, influencers are promoting these pouches as a safe vaping alternative. The pouches, popular among youth, are discreet and come in various strengths and flavors. While not containing tobacco, they have nicotine and can be addictive. In Australia, these pouches are not legally sold due to strict tobacco regulations. Health risks include addiction and potential long-term effects. Authorities are seizing these products, as underage users may obtain them illegally.

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