Students vaping at school is a growing problem for teachers and support staff, journalist Sue Osborne writes.
Students often believe they are indulging in a habit that is relatively safe, but new studies have shown vaping is dangerous.
Figures from the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey have shown a rise in the use of e-cigarettes among young people. Lifetime use of those aged 14-19 jumped from 12.5 percent to 14.5 percent from 2016 to 2019.
The Lung Foundation Australia is calling for a nationwide ban on over-the-counter sales of vapes and e-cigarettes due to this rise in youth vaping and increasing concerns about the impact these devices have on respiratory health.
A recent study by Curtin University researchers revealed potentially toxic substances in e-liquids or vape juice.