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Surfing Victoria x Quit

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 e-cigarettes 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.

Bohdie Williams

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 Robinson

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

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!"

Fast facts

  • 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 e-cigarettes 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

  • E-cigarettes 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.

  • E-cigarettes 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 e-cigarettes 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 e-cigarettes.

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:

Where do you begin? What are some quitting methods? What are some useful tips to know? See quick links to all the info you need to know, explore a range of tips and tactics, and build your own tailored quit plan using our free Build a plan tool.

Quitline counsellors help you build and keep up your motivation to quit and can help you create a quit plan that suits you and your lifestyle. Quitline counsellors are available 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday on 13 7848. Find out more here

You can also request a Quitline counsellor call you by completing our online Request a callback form. Add your details, nominate your preferred date and time, and a Quitline counsellor will call you back.

It's also a good idea to chat with your GP. They can be an extra support, especially if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medicines.

Related info

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Fact sheets for teens about the impact of vaping on physical, mental and financial health.
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E-cigarettes: general info

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