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Cancer Council NSW is developing a first of its kind vaping support program to help young people

Two teenagers sitting on a couch, each looking at their own mobile

nib foundation and Cancer Council NSW are partnering together to develop a new national, online platform that will offer young people information, support and evidence-based services to help them quit vaping.

Two teenagers sitting on a couch, each looking at their own mobile

nib foundation and Cancer Council NSW are partnering together to develop a new national, online platform that will offer young people information, support and evidence-based services to help them quit vaping.

Vaping has dramatically increased in recent years among young Australians, with a growing number of young people experiencing nicotine addiction and seeking support to quit vaping.

The evidence for the risks associated with vaping are now clear, including addiction, poisoning, acute nicotine toxicity, lung injury, indoor air pollution and dual use with cigarette smoking, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and lung disorders. Cancer Council's Generation Vape research has found that 1 in 3 teenagers have vaped and 80% found access to vapes easy.

Infographic - Statistics on young people's vaping habits
Generation Vape, 2023

Currently there are no support services tailored to young people in Australia to help them quit vaping. The number of young people, parents, education providers, and community youth organisations looking for appropriate information and support for vaping cessation is growing.

Our partnership aims to address the current public health gap by developing a new national, online platform to help young people aged 14-24 years quit vaping. The platform will be co-designed with young people and informed by the best available evidence on ways to quit vaping.

Cancer Council NSW aims to reverse the trends in uptake and use of vaping in Australia by scoping, developing and evaluating a national, online platform that will offer young people information, support and evidence-based services to quit vaping.

The platform will also feature tailored information available for parents, carers and health professionals to support young people.

Cancer Council NSW hopes to support population-level changes in reversing trends in uptake and ultimately reduce use of vaping products in Australia, and help more young people to stop using vaping products.

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