What are the risks?
Please note that we do not currently know the exact substance that is making young people sick in Northern Ireland.
Vaping includes the inhalation of nicotine and which is a highly addictive substance.
Vaping has become popular with young people, (even those who didn’t previously use tobacco), and buying liquid nicotine can be expensive. It is not uncommon for users to buy cheap liquid, which may have been imported from various countries and as such has not passed standardised UK safety checks. These products can contain harmful substances that might make people sick.
Young people may not know what exactly they are inhaling if they have bought products that have not passed UK safety checks. Unregulated products could also cause lung damage and breathing difficulties.
But parents and safeguarding professionals should know that users can also learn how to make their own vape oil by buying constituent components freely available online.