Doc­tors call for e- cig ban

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - MANDY SQUIRES

AUS­TRALIAN health au­thor­i­ties have called for a crack­down on va­p­ing as ev­i­dence mounts that the habit can lead to se­ri­ous health prob­lems and even death.

There have been six con­firmed va­p­ing deaths in the US and an­other 450 cases of se­ri­ous lung ill­ness po­ten­tially linked to e-cig­a­rettes.

Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion vice-pres­i­dent Chris Zap­pala said the re­cent va­p­ing deaths and ill­nesses in the US were “just the tip of the ice­berg” and many more cases would fol­low.

“Our view is that e-cig­a­rettes and va­p­ing should be banned be­cause there is a whole range of prod­ucts be­ing in­haled which are po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous,” Dr Zap­pala said.

“We know va­p­ing has neg­a­tive ef­fects on air­ways func­tion and peo­ple are hav­ing res­pi­ra­tory dif­fi­cul­ties — even death — re­lated to va­p­ing.”

Quit di­rec­tor Dr Sarah White said the Can­cer Coun­cil wanted to see all e-cig­a­rette de­vices and liq­uids ap­proved by the Ther­a­peu­tic Goods Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TGA) be­fore they were made avail­able for sale, at the very least.

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