Australias nikotinforbud lever et blomstrende svart marked

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Det anslås at "Down Under" ca. 239,000 folk bruker e-sigaretter, 178,000 av dem vaping mer enn en gang i måneden. Dette er fortsatt en utfordring for de fleste, ettersom enhetene er lovlige, men bruk av nikotinholdige påfyll er ikke. Lokale folkehelseeksperter og liberale partiets parlamentsmedlemmer, har lenge forsøkt å velte det nåværende nikotinforbudet.

“While the long-term health risks of vaping nicotine may not be clear for many years, the risks of tobacco smoking are well-known. Although some health risks may emerge, these are likely, at worst, to be a small fraction of the risks of smoking.”

I august 2016, flere offentlige helse aktivister, blant som den nye Nikotin Alliance (NNA), hadde sendt inn forslag til lokal regulator Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), for å fjerne nikotin-konsentrasjoner lavere enn 3.6% fra Gift Standard. derimot, i februar 2017, TGA avslo søknaden og opprettholdt nikotin forbud.

september i fjor, New South Wales Liberal Trent Zimmerman, who in 2018 had chaired a parliamentary inquiry appointed to look into e-cigarette use, had raised the issue of e-cig regulations once again in Parliament. In response to this Australia’s health minister Greg Hunt, had finally agreed to an independent inquiry, into the scientific evidence about the devices.

“It is immoral and unscientific to ban a far safer alternative to smoking, while allowing widespread access to lethal cigarettes which kill up to two-in-three long-term users,” said Dr Colin Mendelsohn, the chairman of ATHRA, according to a recent article on Vice. “Smokers should be given the opportunity to choose the safer option. Smokers should not be placed in the position of having to break the law to avoid dying from smoking.”

“While the long-term health risks of vaping nicotine may not be clear for many years, the risks of tobacco smoking are well-known. Although some health risks may emerge, these are likely, at worst, to be a small fraction of the risks of smoking," han la til.

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