Australian ACT government passed further restrictions on electronic cigarette products

Australian ACT government passed further restrictions on electronic cigarette products




The ACT Legislative Council passed the 2022 health legislation amendment this week, aiming to reduce the availability of electronic cigarettes and strengthen law enforcement.



Among other things, the new bill "stops selling e-cigarettes from vending machines; strengthens compliance testing to enforce the ban on selling e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18; and expands the therapeutic supplies law so that actions can be taken against the self-employed," Canberra Weekly reported.



Dr. Devin Bowles, CEO of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Association ACT (ATODA), believes that the local government. It's on the right track. "The government's goal is to minimize the harm caused by smoking and e-smoking to our community, especially to young Canberra people.



Reducing supply is a key component of injury reduction. Through these legal changes, ACT government officials will be able to check whether electronic cigarettes are sold to minors and eliminate the ability to sell through vending machines. "



He said: "Keeping children and young people away from electronic cigarettes is one of the most important public health challenges of our time. The community is facing strong commercial interests."



On the other hand, tobacco pest reduction experts have been urging the Australian government to adopt a tobacco pest reduction strategy similar to that of New Zealand to replace the current strict ban on substitutes.



Dr. Colin Mendelssohn, an Australian public health expert and advocate of tobacco harm reduction, has previously said that although New Zealand's regulations are not perfect, they are a good start and Australia should really follow suit.



"The regulations of New Zealand humiliate Australia. They are based on evidence rather than politics and ideology. They are models of good electronic cigarette public health policies and will save lives."



"Australia's requirements for  prescriptions are complex, expensive and unnecessary, which makes electronic cigarette products more difficult to obtain than cigarettes. Is this really what Greg Hunt wants?" Mendelssohn concluded.

Similarly, in a recent joint statement, the Australian Association of Convenient Stores (AACS), the Master Grocers Association (MGA) and the Australian Lottery and Newspaper Agency Association (ALNA) called on the Australian government to develop a regulatory model, similar to the situation in New Zealand.



"The more access restrictions you have on the product, the more likely it will eventually enter the black market. We have seen this sign." Disposable electronic cigarettes are illegal, but you often see them. At present, there are no appropriate regulations to control who imports the products and what they contain - they all come from overseas, "said Theo Foukkare, CEO of AACS

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