As you may have heard, Australia has a new liquid nicotine ban going into effect. Here’s what you need to know about the proposed ban.
Australia’s Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on June 19th that he decided to propose a nicotine ban, making it illegal to import nicotine liquid for vaping to Australia starting July 1st.
This ban includes nicotine e-liquids, nicotine salts, and nicotine-containing refills. Not abiding by this ban will result in a fine of $200,000.
After the announcement of this ban, a coalition was formed by the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA), Legalise Vaping Australia, Progressive Public Health Alliance, and the Australian Retail Vaping Industry Association (ARVIA). A campaign challenging the ban raised $35,000 and a petition collected 72,000 signatures. Vape shops and vaping advocates have protested the ban, stating that they’re worried a nicotine ban will push vapers back to smoking traditional cigarettes and would prefer that nicotine liquids and salts are instead legalized and regulated. Many are also worried that the proposed ban will inadvertently create a black market for vaping products.
“A much better policy would be one that allowed the sale of e-cigarettes that meet consumer safety standards as consumer products to adults. These could be sold via a restricted range of outlets that youth are less able to access, such as tobacconists or adult stores, and sales from these outlets could be closely monitored,” stated Professor Wayne Hall, a public policy expert at the University of Queensland.
On June 26th, Greg Hunt announced that the nicotine ban would be delayed for six months, with a streamlined plan of regulations released on January 1st, 2021. After January 1st, a nicotine prescription will be required in Australia from a doctor in order to obtain and use nicotine e-liquids.
“People should always be consulting their GP on these health matters and ensuring this (prescription) is the right product for them,” Greg Hunt stated in a press release on June 26th.
The regulation of e-cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids has been a hot topic for years. The regulations vary across countries and states, ranging from no regulation to banning them entirely. As of 2015, around two-thirds of major nations have regulated e-cigarettes in some way. In the US and UK, the sale and use of e-cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids to adults is legal. The EU started providing stricter regulations for e-cigarettes in 2016, limiting e-cigarette advertising and reducing the level of nicotine in liquids and flavours used.
With an increasing number of organisations and public health entities protesting the ban and demanding the regulation of nicotine e-liquids, it will be interesting to see what legislation Parliament decides to pass in 2021.
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