The Australian government will restrict e-cigarettes through a set of tough measures targeting imports and packaging to discourage cigarette use, particularly among teenagers. This is the most important reform in the field in the last ten years.
Australian Health Minister Mark Butler said on Tuesday that e-cigarette use had become a behavioral problem in high schools and a growing problem in primary schools.
Use involves heating a liquid containing nicotine in an electronic cigarette. The resulting vapors are inhaled by the user. The procedure is seen as an alternative to traditional cigarettes, and the product has been said to help smokers quit. Instead, teenagers turned it into a vice.
“Vaping has been sold to governments and communities around the world as a therapeutic product to help long-term smokers quit. It was not sold as a recreational product, especially not one for our children. But that’s what it’s become, the biggest loophole in Australian history,” Butler said.
The changes were announced on Tuesday. Minister Mark Butler also said that all non-prescription e-cigarettes would be banned from importation and that such products would be packaged in a pharmaceutical-like manner, with the aim of being sold only as products to help smokers quit. smoking.
Brightly colored packs with funny flavors, which attracted younger users, will be restricted, and single-use cigarettes will be banned, Butler said.
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