Electronic Cigarettes

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Electronic Cigarettes

An e-cigarette is a battery-operated product that replicates tobacco smoking behaviour.

Some look like conventional cigarettes whilst others appear more like an electronic device.

E-cigarettes work by heating a replaceable cartridge that contains liquid with various flavouring agents, preservatives and sometimes nicotine.

The heating process creates a vapour that resembles tobacco smoke. The inhalation of this vapour is referred to as vaping.

E-cigarettes that contain nicotine are called electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

In Tasmania, it is illegal under the Poisons Act 1971 to sell, buy or use e-cigarette cartridges containing nicotine.

There are also restrictions under the Public Health Act 1997 on the display, advertising, sale to people under 18 years of age and use of e-cigarettes in areas that are smoke free.

E-cigarettes linked to severe lung illness

The Australian Chief Medical Officer has issued a statement about the link between electronic cigarette use and severe lung illness that has recently been reported in the United States.

Chief Medical Officer Advisory:  E-cigarettes linked to severe lung illness - 13 September 2019

Further information

Electronic Cigarettes Fact Sheet

Nicotine Fact Sheet

Smoke Free Areas Fact Sheet

Public Health Act 1997