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Smoking in Australia

In 2017-18, just under one in seven (13.8%) or 2.6 million adults were daily smokers, whilst a further 1.4% of people also reported smoking on a less than daily basis. Since 1995, the proportion of adults who are daily smokers has decreased from 23.8% to 13.8% in 2017-18. Over recent years however, the daily smoking rate has remained fairly constant (14.5% in 2014-15). Despite this, the proportion of adults who have never smoked has increased from 49.4% in 2007-08 to 52.6% in 2014-15 and 55.7% in 2017-18. In 2017-18, young adults aged 18-24 years were more likely to have never smoked than any other age group, with 69.6% of men and 81.5% of women in this age group reporting that they had never smoked. These proportions have increased from 64.0% and 64.9% respectively since 2007-08. The national Health Survey was conducted in all states and territories and across urban, rural and remote areas of Australia in 2017/18. The survey included around 21,000 people in over 16,000 private dwellings. Previous surveys have been conducted since 1989/90.

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April 18, 2024 by medicalxpress.com

Should pharmacists be able to dispense nicotine vapes without a prescription?

The Australian government is considering new regulations on vaping, addressing illegal sales and access issues. Research supports vaping as a smoking cessation tool, but obtaining nicotine vapes legally can be challenging due to prescription requirements. Options to improve access include allowing pharmacists to dispense nicotine vapes without a prescription. Some advocate for regulating vapes like tobacco, but health organizations have concerns. Pharmacists are capable of managing nicotine vape distribution responsibly, with potential benefits for access and cost.

April 16, 2024 by theconversation.com

Pharmacists should be able to dispense nicotine vapes without a prescription. Here’s why

The Australian government is considering vaping regulations to address illegal sales of nicotine-containing products to minors. The proposed bill aims to restrict nicotine vapes to pharmacies, requiring prescriptions. Some advocate for pharmacist-only sales to facilitate smoking cessation. Online prescribing services are emerging, as some doctors eschew prescribing vaping products. There are concerns about criminalizing unpermitted vaping. Law alterations may remove penalties for possession without a prescription. Discussions also include regulating vapes like tobacco for adult sale and health practitioner oversight.

April 16, 2024 by colinmendelsohn.com.au

Could nicotine pouches help you quit smoking?

Nicotine pouches are gaining popularity as a safer alternative to smoking. In Australia, they are prescription-only medicines, available through pharmacies or importation with a prescription. Concerns about illegal sales and youth uptake exist, but there is no evidence of significant youth usage. Pouches are tobacco-free and considered low-risk, with experts ranking them safer than smoking and vaping. Usage among adults, including smokers and vapers, as a quitting aid is increasing. While there is little research in Australia, overseas studies suggest pouches are safer than traditional tobacco products. The government discourages their use due to concerns about youth access but currently has no plans to ban them.

April 15, 2024 by gfn.tv

AUSTRALIA'S POUCH CONUNDRUM | Colin Mendelsohn unpacks the use of nicotine pouches in Australia

Nicotine pouches such as Zonnic and Zyn have taken many countries by storm, but in Australia heavy handed restrictions on nicotine have limited legal access to pouches. In today's episode, Colin Mendelsohn updates us on the rise of nicotine pouches in Australia, and the science supporting the claim that they are safer than smoking.

April 15, 2024 by colinmendelsohn.com.au

The dilemma facing the NSW Parliament Inquiry into Vaping

Colin Mendelsohn criticizes the misleading information presented to the NSW Parliament Inquiry on vaping, emphasizing the need to balance concerns for youth safety with the public health benefits of vaping for smokers. He calls for regulation to reduce the black market, improve access for adult smokers, and align with other countries. Colin warns against basing decisions on false advice, urging the Committee to prioritize unbiased evidence for better public health outcomes.

April 12, 2024 by youtube.com

My evidence at the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Vaping, 12 April 2024

I gave evidence at the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into vaping today. The myths and rampant misinformation being fed to the Inquiry are breathtaking. I tried to introduce the actual evidence and explained that vaping is beneficial overall to public health. Key message: The NSW Parliament must decide whether to allow the current failed model to continue under criminal control or to take control and regulate the market.

April 05, 2024 by colinmendelsohn.com.au

Please make a submission to the Senate vaping inquiry

Submit to the Senate vaping inquiry by April 12, 2024, to advocate for a consumer-focused framework allowing vaping access like cigarettes, emphasizing benefits for adult smokers and concerns about youth vaping and the black market. Address issues with the current prescription-only model, such as limited availability and high costs. Recommend a regulatory setup akin to New Zealand's, promoting safe, regulated products and reducing criminal activity. Stress the importance of freedom of choice for a healthier alternative to smoking. Keep submissions concise and to the point. Deadline and submission details available on the Parliament of Australia website.

March 29, 2024 by colinmendelsohn.com.au

The vape debate – a report from Parliament

The parliamentary debate on vaping reform focused on reducing youth use, despite disagreement on other aspects. Concerns about youth vaping were challenged, with evidence showing minimal health risks. The debate highlighted misinformation, neglecting the positive impact of vaping as a quitting aid for adults. The current prohibition model was criticized for fueling the black market controlled by criminals. The Nationals proposed a regulated approach, similar to alcohol sales, to curb illicit trade and protect children. The future legislation will be determined by a Senate Inquiry accepting submissions until April 12, to decide between continuing prohibition or adopting an adult consumer regulation model.

March 29, 2024 by colinmendelsohn.com.au

The vape debate – a report from Parliament

The parliamentary debate on vaping reform focused on reducing youth use, despite disagreement on other aspects. Concerns about youth vaping were challenged, with evidence showing minimal health risks. The debate highlighted misinformation, neglecting the positive impact of vaping as a quitting aid for adults. The current prohibition model was criticized for fueling the black market controlled by criminals. The Nationals proposed a regulated approach, similar to alcohol sales, to curb illicit trade and protect children. The future legislation will be determined by a Senate Inquiry accepting submissions until April 12, to decide between continuing prohibition or adopting an adult consumer regulation model.

March 28, 2024 by theguardian.com

New Australian laws banning vaping ads ‘toothless’ without social media enforcement, experts say

Health experts warn that new laws banning vaping ads on social media may be ineffective without additional policy changes due to the widespread promotion of vapes online. Research shows most e-cigarette content on TikTok and Instagram violates platforms' policies. Laws taking effect in April will ban tobacco and e-cigarette ads online, including influencer sponsorships. Experts urge government action to regulate harmful e-cigarette social media content. Calls for monitoring and enforcement of new regulations are emphasized. Industry self-regulation is deemed insufficient, highlighting the need for government intervention.

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