Australia has banned vaping for recreational purposes and tightened e-cigarette legislation in an effort to curb the growing trend of teenage vaping.
The government is looking to ban disposable vapes that are often in fruity flavors popular among young people. They also want to ban the importation of non-prescription e-cigarettes and limit nicotine levels.
It wants to limit the sale of vapes solely to help smokers quit.
Mark Butler, Health Minister, said that big tobacco had taken another addictive product and wrapped it up in shiny packaging. He also added flavours, creating a whole new generation of nicotine-addicted people.
Vapes can only be purchased in pharmacies under the new regulations. They must also come in “pharmaceutical-type” packaging.
Vaping is a popular alternative to smoking and can be a good way to help smokers quit. It involves heating.
A liquid that contains nicotine is used in an electronic cigarette, and it’s turned into a vapour which users inhale.
Studies have shown that e-cigarettes can cause long-term harm.
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Mr Butler stated that vaping has become a popular recreational product in Australia. It is mainly sold to teens and young people who are more likely to start smoking.
Mr Butler stated that this product is targeted towards our children and sold along with lollipops and chocolate bars. Vaping is now the most common problem in high schools. It’s also becoming more common in primary schools.
Doctors support the vaping crackdown, but urge the government to do even more to reduce the number of youth who take up the habit.
Data from last year shows that 22% of Australians aged between 18-24 years have used e-cigarettes or vaping devices at least once.
Although a prescription is required to purchase nicotine vapes, they are easily available on the illegal market.