Australia leads world with vaping crackdown

July 31, 2023 by

Australia leads world with vaping crackdown

In May 2023, federal Health Minister Mark Butler announced plans to introduce a raft of new vaping reforms. Australians had been “duped”, he said in his appearance at the National Press Club. Vapes had been sold to us as a therapeutic good to help smokers quit but had now become a recreational product. Sold in retail stores alongside lollies. Wrapped in colourful packaging. Available in thousands of flavours. The reforms were comprehensive: a ban on the importation of non-prescription vaping products and highly addictive single-use disposable vapes; the introduction of pharmaceutical-like packaging; restrictions on flavourings; and a limit on nicotine concentrations.

13.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Australia 15.20% of men are current smokers but only 10.90% of women.



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