A New Zealand survey shows a rise in non-smokers using nicotine vapes. The study from Massey University found that 69% of participants used vapes, up from 55% in 2020. 90% of these users chose nicotine vapes. Surprisingly, one in five of these vapers had never smoked a cigarette. Dr Marta Rychert, the senior researcher, said that vapes are now more common, especially among young people. She pointed out that many shops sell vapes, and they are often promoted on social media.
The study also compared the use habits of different vapers. People using nicotine vapes tend to vape daily, while those using non-nicotine or cannabis vapes do it less often. Vaping regularly could lead to health issues. Experts advise against inhaling anything other than fresh air.
On the topic of medicinal cannabis, many users still get it illegally, even though doctors are more open to prescribing it now. Only one in ten users have a legal prescription, a small increase from 2020. Many are afraid to ask their doctors for it because of the stigma around cannabis. Getting cannabis illegally can be risky because it might not be safe. However, new private cannabis clinics are making it easier for people to get it legally.