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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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February 07, 2024 by theguardian.com

Albanese government condemns ‘widespread marketing’ of nicotine pouches to young people

The federal government is “deeply concerned” about nicotine pouches being advertised and supplied in Australia, and has condemned social media marketing aimed at young people. Nicotine pouches resemble snus, a smokeless oral tobacco product popular in Scandinavia, which is inserted between lips and gums. Oral tobacco has been banned in Australia since 1991 but nicotine pouches are promoted as tobacco free, containing nicotine extracted from tobacco or synthetic nicotine. Nicotine pouches have surged in popularity around the world, particularly among young people in the US, in part due to athletes and social media influencers using the products.

February 07, 2024 by adf.org.au

Changes to vaping rules in Australia

From January 1, 2024, the Australian Government banned the importation of disposable vapes into Australia. This includes vapes with and without nicotine. Disposable vapes are e-cigarette devices that can’t be recharged, or reused. And from March 1, 2024, other requirements will be introduced including:

  • a ban on the importation of all vapes (including rechargeable) without an import licence and permit
  • specific product requirements for imported vapes, with flavours limited to mint, menthol or tobacco.

February 07, 2024 by theage.com.au

Victoria’s black market vape industry worth up to $500m

Victoria’s black market for vapes has been valued at up to $500 million, prompting warnings the proceeds must be kept out of the hands of organised crime as the state grapples with a gangland war for control of the sale of illegally imported cigarettes. The importation and sale of illegal tobacco in Victoria has been linked to dozens of firebombings, and a new analysis from the state’s Parliamentary Budget Office has sparked fears the closely associated e-cigarette industry could become another lucrative black market.

February 05, 2024 by dailymail.co.uk

Rishi Sunak's warned disposable ban could lead to 'turf wars' by doctors as Australia's anti-vaping laws leads to rise in smoking and gang violence

The Government's plan to ban disposable vapes has been branded 'a big mistake' by doctors who warn the move could drive up smoking rates and even lead to a rise in gang violence. But experts warn that users may end up smoking cigarettes instead – potentially reversing years of campaigning which have led to the UK's historically low smoking rate. Many point to Australia where, despite some of the strictest anti-vaping laws in the world, the number of teens both vaping and smoking has rocketed as a flourishing black market involving organised crime gangs has made the devices easier to buy.

February 02, 2024 by youtube.com

Should disposable vapes be banned? Interview 3AW, 2 January 2024

Why the ban on importing disposable vapes won't work. A ban will: - Fuel the black market. The black market will go underground and supplies will be readily available - Some vapers will relapse to smoking - a health disaster. Prohibition simply hands the market to criminal gangs with no age of sale retrictions, no quality control and no tax paid. Good one Mark Butler!

January 31, 2024 by miragenews.com

Nearly 90% of WA Vape Stores Located Near Schools: Study

Almost 90 per cent of Western Australia's vape stores are located less than 1km from a school, an Australian first study by The University of Notre Dame Australia has found. The study identified 194 stores in WA that sold vaping products as a main form of business, with 88 per cent located a short walk from either a primary school or high school. One primary school in Fremantle has two vape stores within 200m.

January 26, 2024 by sciencedirect.com

Closing Loopholes in Australian Vaping Laws: Why Australia’s Proposed Vaping Reforms Are Sound Public Health Policy

In October 2021, the Australian Government made it illegal to sell vaping products that contain nicotine – to anyone – at retail outlets. Users of nicotine vaping product are required to have a prescription from a doctor and must purchase the vaping liquids from a pharmacy if they wish to legally access a vape within Australia, or through the personal importation scheme.

January 26, 2024 by lismoreapp.com.au

Tobacco Experts Praise Closing of Vaping Law Loopholes

Leading Australian tobacco control experts have praised the Federal Government’s plans to close vaping law loopholes in a new paper published today, calling for the proposed reforms to be introduced urgently to grasp the opportunity to end the youth vaping epidemic.  

January 25, 2024 by youtube.com

Discussing Australias Vape Ban: With Dr. Colin Mendelsohn & Grimm Green

A panel discussion of the new laws coming in March, what they are exactly, how the Government bypassed democracy to implement them? How this will affect consumers and business and who will benefit, what this means for the future of harm reduction in Australia?

January 25, 2024 by youtube.com

Discussing Australias Vape Ban: With Dr. Colin Mendelsohn & Grimm Green

A panel discussion of the new laws coming in March, what they are exactly, how the Government bypassed democracy to implement them? How this will affect consumers and business and who will benefit, what this means for the future of harm reduction in Australia?

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