After Australia pushed the starting date of its proposed vape legislation from July 1, 2020, to January 1, 2021, it has deferred it yet again – this time ‘until further notice’. Here’s what’s going on down under, and what it means for Australian vapers.
The TGA’s interim decision
In September 2020, the Therapeutic Goods Association or TGA handed down its interim decision on the restriction of nicotine-containing vapor products.
The interim decision stated that e-cigarettes and e-liquids could only be obtained through a doctor’s prescription.
Why the delay in implementation?
- The interim decision was then opened to the general public of Australia and International bodies for comments.
- After this, a delegation (the full name of which is the ‘Senate Select Committee on Tobacco Harm Reduction’) will reconsider the interim decision in light of all relevant submissions and comments.
- The deadline for submitting comments was November 5th and was later extended to November 12th, 2020.
What will the delegation be considering?
The Senate Committee will look into:
- How other developed countries have regulated nicotine vaping products.
- Data on how nicotine vaping influences smoking rates in developed countries.
- How the above has impacted overall health.
- Evidence on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool.
The Committee is due to submit its report on December 1st, 2020, but in view of the numerous delays already, one can expect that the implementation likely won’t begin by the earlier proposed date of January 2021.
What does this mean for Australian vapers?
For now, Australians can still purchase and import vape products from websites abroad without a prescription.
Keep checking back here for more updates on the changing landscape of vape legislation in Australia!
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Gina King is the brand manager for Veppo, a family run brand offering select, tested, high quality vape pen vaporizers, e-liquid and e-cigars. Over the past 12 years, Veppo has provided more than 250,000 customers a friendly alternative to cigarettes.
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