Light up the beach, not a vape
Being a surfer means you care about the ocean and everything it supports. You also care about how you perform. It's two big reasons to think again before smoking or vaping.
The fallout from tobacco products and vapes is huge. Every stage of production, consumption and disposal has a negative impact on people and planet.
We partnered with Surfing Victoria to chat with rising surfers India Robinson, Ben Considine and Bohdie Williams about why they steer clear of smoking and vaping, and what the ocean means to them.
Like all surfers, rising Point Lonsdale surfer Bohdie Williams cares about the ocean and his performance in the surf. It turns out these are two big reasons to think again before smoking or vaping.
"Staying healthy allows me to surf more and at my best."
India is currently on the WSL Challenger Series. In 2021 she qualified for the world tour. She is one of the most well known Victorian surfers due to her status on the World Tour.
"Vaping and smoking just never really seemed like the best thing for me to do. I would rather have clean lungs to help me surf longer!"
Ben Considine is the current Australian Longboarding Champion (2022, 2017, 2014). Ben has a strong standing in the community and is considered one of the best Longboarders in the country. He currently lives in Torquay and grew up in Barwon Heads.
"I’ve never been interested in smoking or vaping... I’d rather be able to surf longer!"
Cigarette butts account for 30–40% of all items collected in coastal and urban clean-ups
Cigarette butts have been found inside dead fish and birds
Discarded vapes and cigarette butts can leach toxic chemicals into soil and water and kill plants and wildlife.
3.7 litres of water is used to make just one cigarette
Tobacco production accounts for 5% of global deforestation
Vapes can't be recycled. Most contain batteries that can't be removed, and are made of single-use plastic.
To perform at your best, you need your lungs to perform at theirs. Vaping makes that impossible.
Vapes can contain the same harmful chemicals found in paint thinner, biofuel and bug spray. They just don’t put it on the pack
Some of the chemicals found in e-cigarettes can cause cancer
Others can damage lung cells and irritate the lungs, weakening your lung's natural defences against bacteria, viruses and mould, and making it harder to breathe
Some chemicals can damage the heart.
Most vapes in Australia contain nicotine, even when they don't say so on the label. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known. Being addicted to nicotine means:
you''ll have a strong desire to vape or smoke to get a nicotine hit
it can be harder to focus on what you're doing
you can be more irritable
you can feel nervous, anxious or restless if you can’t vape or smoke.
It has an impact on your mental health, emotions and finances too.
Stop the tobacco industry from causing more harm
The way to stop the tobacco industry damaging people and planet by manufacturing and shipping cigarettes and e-cigarettes around the globe is to reduce the number of people using cigarettes and vapes.
If you don't already smoke or vape, don't start.
If you are smoking or vaping, there's help at hand.
Quit can help
Quit can help you stop smoking or vaping - it doesn't matter whether you feel ready to, or if you're just starting to think about it. Here's how we can help:
There are many ways to contact Quitline for free counselling and support:
Call 13 7848 Mon - Fri 8am to 8pm
Text 'call back' to 0482 090 634 (VIC, SA, WA, NT only)
Webchat at quit.org.au (VIC, SA, WA, NT only)
Message us on Facebook Messenger @quitvic or WhatsApp: +61 385 832 920 (VIC, SA, WA, NT only)
Request a call back using the online form
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