Similarly, the NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said that numerous actions are being taken to address the problem. “It’s a concern. I mean, clearly we are seeing more vaping among young people; e-cigarettes in schools are a growing concern,” she said. “Schools are smoke-free environments and tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vapes, are prohibited on school grounds.”
Mitchell added that the Education Department is in discussions with the NSW Health to find a “whole of government approach” to tackling the problem. “I do think there needs to be a whole of government – and indeed, a whole of community approach – to how we educate our kids about the dangers of vaping, but also about the potential legal impacts as well.”
The Get the Facts – Vaping Toolkit
Subsequently, the NSW government has launched a $300,000 education campaign to address the issue. Acting NSW Chief Health Officer Marianne Gale said the “centre piece” of the campaign is the Get the Facts – Vaping Toolkit, which is pitched at teachers, parents and students aged 14 to 17 and contains evidence-based resources and educational material.
“The goal is to engage young people in a conversation about e-cigarettes and make them aware of the health harms,” Dr Gale said. “There’s a perception out there that e-cigarettes are either not harmful at all or less harmful than cigarettes, and that is not the case.”
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