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Australia bans disposable e-cigarettes

Time: 2024-01-06

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Australian vape shop owners have warned that a black market for e-cigarettes has emerged. The federal health minister says the government will step up regulation to protect young people from the harms of e-cigarettes and nicotine.

According to Australian media Afr, the Australian federal government will ban the import of disposable e-cigarettes from January 1, 2024, which means that although imported disposable e-cigarettes will no longer be permitted to enter Australia, regardless of when they are ordered, stores can Sell products off the shelves until inventory is sold out.


 


An e-cigarette shop in Melbourne's CBD told the media it had about a week's supply of disposable e-cigarettes left.


 


"Our operation is very simple. When we sell out, there will be an empty space on the shelf." A staff member said.


 


The owner of a Melbourne vape shop that does not sell disposable e-cigarettes says the change in sales of disposable e-cigarettes has been a "godsend" to him. But he warned that a black market had developed, with people selling the products through Facebook and WhatsApp.


 


This person noted that disposable e-cigarettes contain levels of nicotine that exceed standard levels and are readily available. "The danger now is that children will become addicted to disposable e-cigarettes and seek them out on the black market," he said.


 


Federal Health Minister Mark Butler said the changes would protect Australians, particularly young people, from the harms of vaping and nicotine dependence, while ensuring people with a legitimate need can still access therapeutic e-cigarettes.


 


The latest data from the Alcohol and Drug Survey in Australian Secondary Schools shows about one in eight 12 to 15-year-olds and one in five 16 to 17-year-olds have used e-cigarettes in the past month, with about 80 per cent Disposable e-cigarettes are used. The survey found that nearly one-third of students first tried e-cigarettes when they were 15 or 16 years old, while 23% reported starting when they were 12 or younger.


 


Emily Banks, from the Australian National University's Center for Epidemiology and Population Health, said most children and teenagers who use e-cigarettes have never smoked combustible tobacco before.


 


"E-cigarettes are not a smoking cessation device for children and teenagers," Dr Baker told the Financial Review.


 


He said, "E-cigarettes are a product that is heavily marketed to children and can pave the way for long-term addiction. So the key is to transition from widespread use to more targeted use for people who have tried other methods and failed to quit smoking. Targeted use.”


 


Since the start of the new special access regime route, doctors and nurse practitioners can now prescribe therapeutic vaping products where clinically appropriate.


 


"E-cigarettes are creating a whole new segment of nicotine dependence in our communities, particularly among younger Australians," Mr Butler said.


 


"The Albanese government is taking world-leading action to eliminate e-cigarettes to protect a new generation of children from the temptation of nicotine. If you smoke e-cigarettes, make it your New Year's resolution to quit smoking in the new year," he said. , health professionals have an important role to play in helping people quit smoking and vaping.


 


The Government has committed $29.5 million over four years to dedicated programs and health service expansion to meet the increased demand for smoking cessation and vaping triggered by new tobacco and vaping reforms.


 


It is reported that further measures include banning personal imports of e-cigarettes from March.



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