A government-ordered test in Queensland discovered that popular vape products in the market have significant amounts of nicotine and carcinogens. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sought the state parliament’s health and environment committee to conduct these tests after concerns about vaping’s unknown ingredients. The committee analyzed 17 e-liquid samples sold in the state’s vape market and found nicotine ranging from trace levels less than 200mg/kg to 47,000mg/kg. They also found that all vape samples contained volatile organic compounds found in various products.
Dangers of Vaping
The test results showed the presence of toxic compounds such as carbonyl compounds, formaldehyde, arsenic, zinc, lead, mercury, and heavy metals in the samples. The newly appointed Queensland Health Minister, Shannon Fentiman, said that these test results were “confronting” and that the contents of vapes should not go into people’s lungs. Therefore, the government passed a bill that strengthens controls on smoking and vaping, with harsher penalties for individuals selling or storing illegal tobacco.
Federal Government’s Crackdown on Vaping and Tobacco
The Queensland test follows the federal government’s move to spend $234 million to crackdown on vaping and tobacco, with disposable vapes banned. Health Minister Mark Butler announced that they would aim to restrict flavors, reduce nicotine concentrations in products, and make it easier to obtain prescriptions for therapeutic use. Butler highlighted that vapes contain over 200 toxic chemicals harmful to human health, similar to weed killer or nail polish remover.
Finding a Safe Alternative
This study highlights the importance of consumers being aware of the ingredients in their vape products. To find a safer alternative, it is crucial to research and opt for reputable brands with proven high-quality standards. Nicotine-containing vapes are also not legal without a prescription in Queensland, so it’s essential to understand your state’s laws and regulations.