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  • E-cigarettes simulate the act of smoking, but you don’t burn tobacco when you use them. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that heats liquid into a vapour, which you then inhale into your lungs.
  • Inhaling vapour from an e-cigarette is known as ‘vaping’. When smoking an e-cigarette, the user inhales and exhales the vapour, which can look similar to cigarette smoke.
  • The liquid used in e-cigarettes contains a complex mixture of chemicals. It may or may not contain nicotine.
  • In Victoria, it is generally illegal to sell, possess or use liquid containing nicotine in an e-cigarette. 
  • E-cigarette liquid which does not contain nicotine can be legally sold, possessed and used in Victoria (as long as it does not contain any other illegal ingredients).
  • E-cigarettes cannot be used in areas where smoking is banned, cannot be displayed at retailer outlets, and cannot be sold to people under 18 years of age.
  • E-cigarettes cannot be used in outdoor dining areas.
  • The full health impacts of e-cigarettes are not yet known, however potential dangers include faulty parts, potentially flammable lithium batteries and ingestion (swallowing) of e-liquid which can lead to poisoning and even death in children.

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Reviewed on: 19-07-2021