Healthy living

Vaping

  • Many vapes contain nicotine making them addictive.
  • Vapes can contain the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray.
  • The nicotine in 1 vape can = 50 cigarettes. Depending on the size of the vape and nicotine strength, it can be much higher.
  • Vaping has been linked to lung disease.
  • Vapes that contain nicotine can cause long-lasting damaging effects on the brain and physical development.

Do you know what you are vaping?

Vapes are not water. The main ingredient in vapes is propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine or glycerol. Vapes can contain the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray. They just don't put it on the pack.

Vapes come in a number of flavours such as blueberry or bubble-gum that make them appealing. Many vapes also contain nicotine, the same highly addictive substance found in tobacco cigarettes.

Testing has shown that vapes labelled 'nicotine-free' can have high nicotine levels. People might think they are using nicotine-free vapes and can quickly become addicted to nicotine.


Acknowledgements

Department of Health WA acknowledges NSW Health’s authorship and ownership of Do you know what you’re vaping? Campaign. The campaign and resources are evidence-based (PDF 266KB).

Last reviewed: 10-06-2022