September 01, 2022
Vaping lesser of two evils
A frontline smoking cessation worker says vaping may be the lesser of two evils.
A survey of secondary school students has found one in five are vaping daily or several times a day, and over half were vaping at higher nicotine doses than last year.
That’s led to concern over how it is being marketed.
Action on Smoking and Health board member Rebecca Ruwhiu-Collins says she would not like to see a ban on vaping, given its effectiveness in smoking cessation, especially for Maori.
“What we’ve got to do is we’ve got to be a bit compassionate in terms of working with our whanau out there. They’ve been bashed around enough being a smoker. We’ve got to be humane trying to help people quit smoking and if vaping is what they want to do, then I totally support it,” she says.
Rebecca Ruwhiu-Collins says vaping is not without risk and should not be done by children or people who do not already smoke.