Blackmarket vapes are the new schoolyard smoking. Over the past few years, there has been a staggering increase in the rates of teenage vaping. In 2016, approximately 5% of 14 – 17 year olds had tried vaping at least once. This had DOUBLED to 10% within 3 years. By 2022, these figures are anticipated to vastly increase.
Although smoking rates have declined hugely since 2000 (from approximately 20% to 2% of teenagers experimenting with smoking), blackmarket vaping is fast taking over. Regardless of the harm reduction role of legal, high-quality vaping products for adult ex-smokers, the scourge of blackmarket vapes in our schools is tragic and needs to be stopped.
In 2022 I created a school program called ‘Hidden in plain sight’, which I present to both students and parents. I am passionate about educating teenagers about the real risks of blackmarket vaping – unregulated products with unknown nicotine content, electrical safety hazards, no quality control and unknown levels of harmful contaminants.
I will continue to educate and advocate for zero teenage vaping, and the abolition of the blackmarket vaping industry.
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