National advice on e-cigarettes

National advice on the use of e-cigarettes has been delivered by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Based on in-depth evidence reviews and an extensive toxicology report, the advice states that vapour from e-cigarette devices can be harmful and there is limited evidence that e-cigarettes are effective at helping smokers quit. It notes that e-cigarettes containing nicotine are addictive, and people who have never smoked are more likely to take up tobacco smoking if they use e-cigarettes. Read the full advice at: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/health-advice/all-topics/electronic-cigarettes.

 

New asthma education resources

Two new asthma resources are available on the National Asthma Council Australia’s website. The first is a chart providing a visual reference to medications for each level of the Australian Asthma Handbook’s diagram ‘Selecting and Adjusting Medication for Adults and Adolescents’, available at https://d8z57tiamduo7.cloudfront.net/resources/NAC-SAAA_Web.pdf.  The second resource is  an updated version of ‘The Asthma & COPD Medications Chart’ that includes the latest inhalers available in Australia and PBS reimbursement status of each medication as of April 2022, available at: https://www.nationalasthma.org.au/living-with-asthma/resources/health-professionals/charts/asthma-copd-medications-chart.