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Minors in New South Wales will not be able to buy electronic cigarettes following new anti-e-cigarette laws that came into effect recently. The sale of electronic cigarettes has been banned in the southeastern Australian state. As per NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, the legislation was one of the priorities for the government.

According to her, “Following our re-election in March, we moved immediately to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories to minors”.

E-cigarettes are increasingly becoming big business, even following decades of smoking laws and anti-tobacco messages. It has been revealed by data from the Centre of Disease Control that in the US, two million students have used e-cigarettes.

According to Simon Chapman, a professor of public health at the University of Sydney, “In the US now, there are more kids who are vaping than who are smoking”.

In the meantime, the American Heart Association’s Policy said that unrestricted e-cigarette use could lead to erosion of gains in smoke free laws and smoking cessation. On the other hand, some scientists support the use of e-cigarettes, saying they could be helpful in weaning people off tobacco.

A battery is used in e-cigarettes so as to heat up a liquid, generally propylene glycol or glycerol. Usually, the liquid consists of nicotine. The concoction changes into an aerosol after it is heated and the aerosol is inhaled. And the user gets the nicotine buzz of a cigarette without the need of burning tobacco.

A number of e-cigarettes are also available with a choice of different flavors like strawberry, apple and bubblegum.


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