Australia Tightens the Screws Further on Vaping Nicotine


Australia is planning to strengthen its regulations to prevent smokers from switching to vaping nicotine.

The draft National Tobacco Strategy 2022-2030 proposes “additional measures to further restrict the marketing, availability and use of all e-cigarette components.”

Australia is already the only Western democracy to require a nicotine prescription to vape. Vaping is framed as a threat to public health, rather than an opportunity to improve it.

Public consultation is currently being conducted on the draft Strategy, until March 24.

The previous National Tobacco Strategy 2012-2018 was an embarrassing failure. A target of 10 percent adult daily smoking was set for 2018, but only 13.8 percent was achieved. The draft 2022-2030 Strategy has now set the same target of 10 percent for 2025. However, without ready access to vaping, this goal is certain to be missed once again.

In Australia, it will remain much easier to buy deadly cigarettes than the far safer alternative.

In sharp contrast, neighboring New Zealand recently set a 2025 daily adult smoking target of less than 5 percent, for all population groups, in its Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan.

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Colin Mendelsohn – Filter – 2022-03-08.

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