AUSTRALIA joined dozens of countries worldwide to have banned vaping by announcing a ban on imports of disposable single-use vapes from January 1.
Australia’s Minister for Health Mark Butler expressed the government’s commitment to protecting Australians, particularly young people, from the harmful effects of vaping and dependence on nicotine.
According to Butler, vaping has been advertised as a way to quit smoking, but instead, it has created a “new generation of nicotine dependency”.
Vapes, or e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that contain nicotine, artificial flavorings, and a range of other chemicals that simulate tobacco smoking.
In October 2021, the government declared it illegal for any Australian to purchase or import e-cigarettes or nicotine vapes without a doctor’s prescription.
A government report showed that about one in seven adolescents aged 14 to 17 years old were vaping, while a study conducted by Australia’s Cancer Council charity found that nine out of 10 teenagers in the same age group have easy access to nicotine vapes.
The government also plans to introduce legislation in 2024 to ban the manufacture, advertising, or supply of disposable vapes in Australia.