Student has seizure while vaping in Blue…


‘Perfectly healthy’ student has seizure after inhaling a ‘massive dose’ of nicotine while vaping in school toilets

  • Student from Blue Mountains Grammar suffered seizure from excessive vaping
  • School confirmed student was otherwise ‘perfectly healthy’ in stark warning
  • Experts say some vapes have equivalent nicotine of 10 packs of cigarettes 
  • Federal government announced ban of nicotine-based vapes in October 
  • Decision has seen influx of black market vapes imported and sold 

By Sam McPhee For Daily Mail Australia

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A ‘perfectly healthy’ teenage boy has suffered a seizure from a huge dose of nicotine while vaping in his school’s toilets.

The student was rushed to hospital after he was found at Blue Mountains Grammar, west of Sydney, and has recovered, but could have long-lasting brain damage.

Deputy headmaster and head of senior school Owen Laffin told parents about the student’s seizure in a letter last week.

A student from Blue Mountains Grammar had a seizure in the school toilets after consuming large amounts of nicotine from vaping

‘Last week, an otherwise perfectly healthy senior student collapsed in the toilets, experienced an extended seizure and was taken to hospital by ambulance after using a vape,’ he wrote.

‘Medical evidence suggests that the seizure was caused by a massive dose of nicotine.

‘While I am profoundly grateful to say that the student has now recovered, the risk of head injury or hypoxia-induced brain damage are terrible to contemplate.’

Mr Laffin acknowledged the school had ongoing problems with e-cigarettes, and urged parents to discuss it with their children.

‘I write to our whole community today in order to highlight the extraordinary dangers of vaping and to urge parents to discuss them with your children,’ he wrote.

Australian National University epidemiologist Emily Banks said some disposable vapes had the nicotine of 10 packs of cigarettes. 

‘Those disposable devices are very strong and have high doses of nicotine in them,’ she told the Sydney Morning Herald. 

‘People feel sick, they can vomit, lightheaded. The seizures are the thing people are most worried about. There has been the odd case of people having heart rhythm problems – it is one of the documented hazards.’

There have even been cases of vape uses going into cardiac arrest. 

The federal government banned the importation of nicotine-based vapes in October last year, but it has done little to curve the products entering Australia 

About 11 per cent of Australians aged between 16 and 24 consider themselves regular vape users, double that of 2020.       

A black market for vapes and e-cigarettes took off after the federal government in October banned the importation and sale of nicotine-based vapes over concerns about the chemicals used in the products.

Since October 1,  a prescription from a GP has been required to legally import and buy e-cigarettes.

The decision was widely scrutinised at the time, with experts suggesting it will do little to stop the extensive use of vapes in Australia. 

There are about 700,000 vapers in Australia, making it one of the most lucrative markets for manufacturers and distributors in the world.    


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