Doctors call for e- cig ban
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.