The Australian public is concerned about the illegal sale of vapes and has called on the government to strengthen regulation

Research shows Australians are concerned about the illegal sale of e-cigarettes, calling for a ban and supporting control policies. The researchers say sales can only be truly brought under control if vape shops are shut down. Public health experts have also expressed concern about the widespread sale of nicotine addiction.

Recently, according to the Guardian, a new study shows that Australians are concerned about the large-scale illegal sale of vaping, and many support a ban.

For the study, published in the February 2023 issue of the BMJ International Medical journal Open, researchers consulted 139 Australians aged 14 to 39 in Sydney and Melbourne about e-cigarette regulation, and the researchers interviewed 16 focus groups.

The study showed that less than half of the participants knew how to obtain the cigarette tar e-cigarette brand by prescription. When asked how to reduce e-cigarette use, everyone offered suggestions for uniform packaging, health warnings, banning flavor and increasing smoke-free areas.

Most participants, especially those who had never felt an e-cigarette, also recommended reducing the supply, as did banning all e-cigarettes.

University of Melbourne Associate Professor Michele Jungeneri is one of the lead authors of the exploration. These focus group interviews were held in March 2023, before the Australian Federal government announced the implementation of comprehensive vapes reforms.

However, many of the panel’s recommendations were consistent with reforms announced later by the Government.

From January 1, 2024, the import of all single-use e-cigarettes will be banned, with a few exceptions, and other import reforms will be implemented in March. However, Ronggeneri said everyone will be aware that the sale of vapes is being brought under control until the vape shops do close.

At the same time, she claimed that the findings implied that the e-cigarette industry’s support for an advertising campaign calling on the government to abandon the reform was purely ‘propaganda’ and did not reflect the real experience of the public. She acknowledges that educating on prescribing vaping models will be important.

Associate Professor Terry Sliven is the chief executive of the Public Health Association of Australia. He said what he heard from the community also matched Ronggeneri’s findings.

“People say it’s crazy that vapes are openly sold on street corners, and this general approach to nicotine addiction is particularly concerning, especially as we know nothing about the long-term effects of inhaling such products and their associated chemicals.”