It was a surprise decision issued by Australia’s Minister of Health to ban the personal importation of liquid nicotine for vaping beginning on July 1.
The order was issued on June 19, leaving little time for harm reduction activists and a coalition of MPs to mount an effective challenge to a law, which many agree, could drive tens of thousands of vapers back to smoking.
Under growing pressure, Health Minister Greg Hunt decided on June 27 to delay the ban on importing nicotine. However, the fight to legalize vaping is far from over.
Joining us today on RegWatch is Dr. Colin Mendelsohn, Founding Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association and member of the Expert Advisory Group that develops the Australian national smoking cessation guidelines.
Why did the Australian government issue the ban? What impact would it have had on public health? How did the vaping community mobilize against the ban? Were there surprising allies in the fight? And, what’s next in the fight to legalize vaping in Australia?
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Live Streamed: June 29, 2020
Sr. Producer: Cindy Schmidt
Exec. Producer: Brent Stafford
This episode is supported by: DEMAND VAPE