RISKS

The Facts Of Vaping

HOW DOES VAPING AFFECT OTHERS?

Vaping impacts others. It may not be physically harmful, but it can be a nuisance or disliked by people. Vapers need to be considerate about who they vape in front of, particularly children.

SECOND-HAND VAPOUR

As vaping is relatively new there is no evidence yet that second-hand vapour is dangerous to others. However it is best to not vape around children.

To date, there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to the health of bystanders.

PERSONAL PREFERENCE

Some people find vapour unpleasant or may be sensitive to it. Vapers should respect the requests of individuals and businesses not to vape, and also avoid vaping in parks or on transport. It’s courtesy really. If you’re impacting on someone else’s air, don’t vape around them.

People with asthma... can be sensitive to a range of environmental irritants... and PHE advises organizations take this into account... when making policies.

YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING UP VAPING

Although vaping products cannot be sold to under 18s, it has the potential to appeal to them. You should not vape around children and youth. Nicotine is harmful for children and must be stored out of reach.

Youth smoking rates continue to go down in New Zealand. Vaping on a daily basis by youth is rare and tends to be done by those who have, or are, smoking. As risk takers however, young people need to know the facts about vaping.

The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the number of young people taking up smoking and vaping.

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