Haro on e-cigarettes in the land of kangaroos. Already banned for sale in Australia, liquid nicotine can no longer be imported without a medical prescription from October 2021, reports France Info. Vapers buy it online to incorporate it into their e-cigarette liquids.
The government initiative risks complicating the lives of some 500,000 Australian vapers. The Australian authorities aim to block what they see as a possible gateway to tobacco.
Australia, a good tobacco control student
However, they are anxious to maintain their good position in the fight against tobacco. In the country-continent, only 13 to 14% of the population smokes, or twice less than in France, underlines France Info. The fight against tobacco is very repressive: a package costs between 20 and 25 euros.
According to the Australian Therapeutic Products Administration, the move strikes a balance between the need to prevent adolescent vaping while allowing smokers to access vape for smoking cessation purposes. The body is concerned that the number of young vapers has doubled in Australia between 2016 and 2019.
This decision has “no meaning”
This new measure is however highly contested. According to the doctor Joe Kosterich, president of an association to help with smoking cessation interviewed by France Info, this decision makes “no sense” and “could push some people to resume smoking”.
Because classic cigarettes will still be on sale. And according to Dr. Kosterich, “the British government has shown that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking”.