E-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes or e-cigs are battery powered devices which heat liquid (called e-liquid) into an aerosol which is inhaled into a person’s lungs. E-liquids are often flavoured, with over 7,000 flavours available such as tobacco, confectionery, fruit and chocolate. 

The aerosol can be called ‘vapour’ and smoking e-cigarettes is often referred to as ‘vaping’. Some e-cigarettes look like conventional cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Others look like everyday items such as pens or USB memory sticks.

Resources for school staff

Challenges and Choices: A Resilience Approach to Drug Education is a resource for those teaching secondary students. This Year 8 resource offers information about smoking. For the full resource, visit Challenges and Choices.

   

Challenges and Choices: A Resilience Approach to Drug Education is a resource for those teaching secondary students. This Year 9 resource offers information about smoking. For the full resource, visit Challenges and Choices.

   

This fact sheet and animated video explain what E-cigarettes are, the effects they have on the mind and body, and what the law says about their use.

   

The Cancer Council website explains what e-cigarettes are, including the short and long term health effects.

   

This Alcohol and Drug Foundation website summarises the facts about e-cigarettes.

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