Medicos urge caution after US vape deaths

Australian health officials are concerned by the emerging link between vaping and lung disease.
Australian health officials are concerned by the emerging link between vaping and lung disease.

Australia's top medical body has backed a joint statement from all state and territory health officials about the link between vaping and lung disease.

Australian Medical Association president Dr Tony Bartone's warning comes after the seventh vaping-related death in the United States.

Dr Bartone on Wednesday said the government needed to take a precautionary approach to e-cigarettes, with the devices proving popular with young Australians.

"Young people need to be educated and assisted to resist the clever advertising and marketing for e-cigarettes - it is just a smokescreen," Dr Bartone said.

Just last week, Australia's chief medical officer and health officers for every state and territory said emerging evidence between vaping and lung disease should be a cause for concern.

"All Australian governments are united in maintaining a precautionary approach to the marketing and use of e-cigarettes," their joint statement said.

"International evidence is emerging of a possible link between the use of e-cigarettes and lung disease."

Health Minister Greg Hunt has previously agreed to establish an independent inquiry into the use of e-cigarettes.

Australian Associated Press