The Australian government proposed new vape regulations on May 2 that aim to further restrict the sale and use of vape in Australia, particularly among children and young people.
These new regulations will reportedly ban all imports of disposable vape and over-the-counter vape and will impose restrictions on the flavors and colors of vape. In addition, the regulations will reduce the allowable nicotine content to ensure that vapes are sold only as a product to help smokers quit.
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt (Greg Hunt) said these new regulations are designed to prevent children and young people from smoking vape and to reduce smoking rates. He noted that research shows that the use of e-cigarettes is growing rapidly among some young people, which poses a serious risk to their health.
The regulation is part of Australia’s tobacco control effort to make Australia one of the most stringent vape control countries in the world. Since 2005, Australia has been working to restrict smoking and the use of tobacco products. Previously, Australia has passed a number of strict tobacco control measures, such as banning smoking in public places and imposing high tobacco taxes.
Several measures have therefore been announced. First, since vape must be prescribed in Australia, all vapes that do not meet this standard, whether they contain nicotine or not, will be banned from importation. Then, all personal vaporizers, vape oils, and other items associated with this market will have to have pharmaceutical-type packaging, which will only appear as smoking cessation devices. “More bubble gum flavors. No more pink unicorns. No more vape deliberately disguised as highlighters so kids can hide them in pencil cases,” the minister announced. Most flavors will be banned, as will puffs and other disposable devices. Finally, the maximum authorized concentration of nicotine will be reduced.
The Australian government says these new vape controls are one of the biggest crackdowns on tobacco control in the country. Through these measures, the government hopes to further reduce smoking rates and protect public health, especially the health of children and young people.