Australia’s e-cigarette crackdown bans recreational vaping

Australia's e-cigarette crackdown bans recreational vaping
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In an attempt to combat an alarming spike in teenage vaping, Australia said on Tuesday that it will criminalize recreational vaping and tighten other aspects of e-cigarette regulations. This is the country’s most serious attack on the tobacco industry in over a decade.

The government’s objective is to confine the sale of vapes to supporting smokers in quitting, therefore it has suggested a ban on all disposable vapes, which are typically available in fruity flavors, a restriction on the import of non-prescription vapes, and nicotine level limitations.

Health Minister Mark Butler told the National Press Club, “Just like they did with smoking, Big Tobacco has taken another addictive product, wrapped it in shiny packaging, and added flavors to create a new generation of nicotine addicts.”

To “vape,” or inhale the vapor created by heating a nicotine-containing liquid in what is often referred to as a “e-cigarette,” is widely viewed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes and beneficial in assisting smokers in quitting.

However, studies have shown that electronic cigarettes can cause long-term harm.

The new restrictions require that vapes be sold exclusively in pharmacies and in “pharmaceutical-type” packaging. Disposable vapes, which are popular among young people, will also be prohibited.

Despite the fact that nicotine vapes need a prescription in Australia, a thriving illegal market and lax border control have made them freely available in convenience stores and other retail outlets.

Philip Morris, a major tobacco product manufacturer, has voiced support for the crackdown on vape shops.

According to a company spokeswoman, “Nicotine vaping products sold in corner stores have always been illegal.”

We’ve been advocating for a crackdown on these illegal items for a long time, and we’re hopeful that it will happen soon. Butler claims that vaping has become a popular recreational product in Australia, particularly among young people.

Butler said that the product was marketed to local youngsters and was sold alongside candy and chocolate bars. “Vaping has quickly emerged as a serious issue in today’s secondary schools.” It is also gaining traction in primary schools.

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