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Understanding NVP's

Understanding Nicotine Vaping Products (NVPs):

- NVPs are devices powered by batteries that convert a special liquid containing nicotine (referred to as e-liquid) into a mist or aerosol (called vapour) which users then inhale, a process commonly termed as vaping.

- The long-term health implications of vaping remain uncertain, but it's currently viewed as a less harmful alternative to smoking, and can help individuals quit smoking.

- When doctors prescribe NVPs to help people quit smoking, they're termed Inhaled Nicotine Replacement Therapy (INRT).

- NVPs provide a unique nicotine delivery approach. They simulate the hand-to-mouth motion and sensory elements of smoking, offering users a similar experience without the dangerous chemicals produced from burning tobacco. For those who haven’t succeeded with other cessation methods, NVPs might be a beneficial alternative.

- Research from around the world indicates that combining various Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) methods, or combination therapy, along with behavioral guidance, is among the most effective strategies for helping smokers quit permanently.

- For instance, smokers can use a slow-release NRT like nicotine patches for steady support during the day and pair it with a quick-relief NRT, such as lozenges, gum, inhalers, or sprays, to handle sudden cravings. The addition of prescribed NVPs gives smokers another quick-relief nicotine source.

- NRTs can be particularly valuable for those with a strong nicotine addiction. According to Australia’s Health Department, indications of significant nicotine dependency include:
- Smoking over 15 cigarettes daily.
- Feeling the need to smoke within half an hour of waking.
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms during past attempts to quit.

- As an emerging technology, no NVP has yet passed the regulatory review needed for official listing on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Therefore, in Australia, they're seen as unregistered therapeutic items and can only be obtained legally with a prescription from an accredited doctor for smoking cessation purposes.