E-cigarettes

  • electronic cigarettes
  • e-cigs
  • vaping
  • vapes
  • vape pens
  • e-hookah
  • electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and puff bars
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What are e-cigarettes?

​E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that heat a liquid (also known as e-liquid) to produce a vapour that users inhale. Using an e-cigarette is called vaping. 

E-liquids can come in a range of flavours, contain more than 200 chemicals, and frequently contain nicotine. 

E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes and can be made to look like everyday items including highlighters, pens, or USB memory sticks.

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What's in an e-cigarette?

Many e-cigarettes and e-liquids contain nicotine (often in large quantities), even though they are not labelled as containing nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical.

E-cigarettes also contain many other harmful substances which are again not always labelled correctly. E-cigarettes and e-liquids are usually imported from overseas and there are currently no safety or quality standards, meaning the labelling and contents are unregulated.


Physical effects can include

  • Mouth and airway irritation
  • Burns from e-cigarette overheating or exploding
  • Persistent cough
  • Chest pain

Substances which have been found in e-cigarettes include:

  • 2-chlorophenol (used in pesticides and disinfectants)
  • Propylene glycol and glycerine (may be non-toxic when ingested orally, but researchers aren't sure how safe they are when vaporized and inhaled)
  • Diethylene glycol (found in industrial products such as antifreeze)
  • Acetone (a solvent in nail polish remover)
  • Acetaldehyde and formaldehyde (known to cause cancer)
  • Acrolein (a weed killer)
  • Heavy metals such as lead, chromium and nickel
  • Volatile organic compounds (common in paint and cleaning products)
  • Seizures
  • Throat irritation
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

How e-cigarettes affects your body

Tap a body part to learn more of the affects e-cigarettes places on your body.

Psychological effects can include

  • Increased stress and anxiety
  • Increased symptoms of depression

General information

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  • The Aboriginal Quitline is run by Aboriginal Advisors, who are experts in helping people quit the smokes. Quitline is a telephone-based service, where Advisors give confidential advice and support to people who want to quit smoking.

    Your Aboriginal Advisor can give you tips on how to quit smoking, and help you plan how you will quit. They can also give information about what medications and products could also help you quit.

    Aboriginal Quitline Advisors will help you work out the best way to quit. They will listen and give advice that is suited to you.

    Aboriginal Quitline offers a free call-back service, where an Aboriginal Advisor will call you to check in on how you are going as you quit the smokes.  

    Call Quitline on 13 7848 (13 QUIT) and ask to speak to an Aboriginal Advisor.

    The cost is the same as a local call (can be higher from mobiles).

    Or you can ask for an Aboriginal Advisor to call you by filling in a Request a NSW Quitline Call-Back form.


    Monday to Friday 7.00am – 10.30pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 9.00am – 5.00pm

    13 78 48

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  • For the cost of a local call (except from mobiles), professional Quitline advisors provide encouragement and support to help you cut down, quit smoking or stay quit. Quitline also offers multilingual services.

    Call Quitline to:

    • Request a free quit kit
    • Talk to the specially trained telephone advisors
    • Take part in the free callback service, where advisors ring back to support you while you are quitting

    Advisors can:

    • Give you information and advice about quitting smoking
    • Help you assess your level of nicotine dependence
    • Provide strategies on preparing to quit and staying quit
    • Provide information on products and services to help you quit
    • Encourage and support you in your quit attempts
    • Assist you to work with lapses or relapse

    Call 13 7848 (13 QUIT) Monday to Friday 7.00am – 10.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9.00am – 5.00pm and Public Holidays 9.00am – 5.00pm​. 

    Outside these hours you can leave a message with your name and contact phone number and a Quitline Advisor will call you back.

    Calls from landlines and mobile phones are the cost of a standard call. 

    Support to quit

    Callers can phone the following numbers to speak with a Quitline Advisor in their own language or to leave a message to be called back in their own language. Message instructions are given in the appropriate language.

    Monday to Friday 7.00am – 10.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9.00am – 5.00pm, Public Holidays 9.00am – 5.00pm

    13 78 48

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