Vaping to be BANNED in Australia without a prescription from a doctor to stop teenagers getting hooked on addictive, sweet source of nicotine
- Prescription will be required to access nicotine e-cigarettes from October 2021
- Decision will help teenagers who were contemplating vaping over smoking
- Nicotine containing e-cigarettes are illegal in every state except South Australia
Australians will need a doctor’s prescription to import liquid nicotine from October next year.
The federal government’s vaping crackdown aims to stop young people from taking up the habit.
Health Minister Greg Hunt says the importation of liquid nicotine will require a doctor’s sign off from October 1.
The sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine is currently illegal across the country.
A doctor’s prescription will be required for vapers to access liquid nicotine from October 1 next year (stock image)
It’s also illegal to possess them without a medical prescription, except in South Australia.
Mr Hunt says the changes will help deter teenagers from taking up and getting hooked on nicotine.
It follows a recommendation from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
The TGA earlier this year said there was no evidence that e-cigarettes were a safer way to quit smoking traditional cigarettes.
There was also limited evidence to show vaping helped smokers quit.
Many people in Australia consider vaping to be a much better alternative to smoking tobacco (stock image)
Mr Hunt also revealed the government will outlay at least $1million on a education campaign focused on quitting smoking before then developing a nationwide Smoking Cessation plan from April 2021.
Under the new scheme to be implemented next year, doctors will be able to register with the Therapeutic Goods Administration which will see them become official vape prescribers.
They will be able to then issue scripts to be completed by patients at their local pharmacies.
According to a recent national drugs survey, over half a million Australians currently vape and close to 2.4million people have previously tried it.
Considered by many to be a far better alternative to smoking, doctors across the world are concerned about vaping, as the long-term effects of many chemicals in e-cigarettes are largely unknown.
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt (pictured above) wants to see less people smoking long term in Australia
Dr Michael Blaha, from the globally recognised John Hopkins Centre for the Prevention of Heart Disease, doesn’t believe vaping is ‘much safer’ than smoking tobacco.
‘What I find most concerning about the rise of vaping is that people who would have never smoked otherwise, especially youth, are taking up the habit,’ he said.
‘It’s one thing if you convert from cigarette smoking to vaping. It’s quite another thing to start up nicotine use with vaping. And, it often leads to using traditional tobacco products down the road.’