E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that work by heating liquid (e-liquid, also called ‘juice’) that emit vapours that users inhale. They are also known as vapes. Using an e-cigarette is commonly known as vaping.
E-cigarettes contain propylene glycol or glycerine and flavourings while nicotine e-cigarettes contain nicotine. In Australia many e-cigarettes which are labelled nicotine-free do in fact contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive.
Australian Government Department of Health fact sheet: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/smoking-and-tobacco/about-smoking-and-tobacco/about-e-cigarettes
Tasmanian Government Department of Health fact sheet: https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/tobacco_control/electronic-cigarettes/fact_sheet-_electronic_cigarettes2
From 1 October 2021, consumers will require a doctor’s prescription to legally access nicotine vaping products and liquid nicotine in Australia.
For more information: https://www.tga.gov.au/nicotine-vaping-products