Report: The impact of vaping on adolescent mental health
Vaping, or electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use, by adolescents and young people has increased rapidly in the last decade. Evidence indicates that vaping has negative impacts on physical health and mental health for people who use e-cigarettes. Consequently, it is of increasing concern for practitioners and other professionals who work with adolescents.
This paper, released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, provides an overview of what e-cigarettes are and the prevalence of vaping among adolescents in Australia. It also describes findings from a review of the research evidence aimed at understanding the relationship between vaping and adolescent mental health and wellbeing. Research capturing adolescents’ views and attitudes on vaping is outlined and some implications for practice are provided.