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A Perth man has been left with third-degree burns after his vape exploded and caught fire in his pocket.
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The 40-year-old required skin grafts and a two-week hospital stay with the burns covering 7 per cent of his body.
He now faces up to a year of treatment to fully recover.
Doctors say it highlights the dangers of vaping and have called on the WA government to hand down harsher penalties as a deterrence.
“It doesn’t appear the McGowan Government is going far enough to protect our children. My understanding is the number of fines issued regarding illegal selling of vapes is zero, despite many infringements being issued,” AMA WA president Dr Mark Duncan-Smith said.
The sale of nicotine vapes without a doctor’s prescription is illegal in WA, yet statistics reveal one in every seven kids has tried it.
WA’s education department will trial vape detectors in school toilets in a bid to stop students inhaling from electronic cigarettes.
The detectors will initially be installed at 10 public schools to combat a “problem that is impacting many of our school students”.
The WA Government is also funding a new anti-vaping campaign by the Cancer Council.
The online hub will include information about health impacts and support to quit vaping.
In March University of Sydney associate professor Becky Freeman said Australia’s model is breaking down because vape product makers are failing to label products appropriately or falsely claiming they are nicotine-free.
Federal Health Minister Mark Butler says the Government is taking “strong action to reduce smoking and stamp out vaping”.
That includes working with states and territories to end the importation of non-prescription vapes, introducing pharmaceutical-like packaging and restricting flavours, colours, and other ingredients.
“Vaping is creating a whole new generation of nicotine dependency in our community. It poses a major threat to Australia’s success in tobacco control and the Albanese Government is not going to stand by and let this happen,” Butler said.
“Vaping was sold to governments and communities around the world as a therapeutic product to help long-term smokers quit. It was not sold as a recreational product – especially not one targeted to our kids but that is what it has become.”
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