Let’s Take Another Look
As you may or may not know, nicotine e-liquids and e-cigarettes have been banned in Australia. This is due to the fact that nicotine is on their list of ‘poisons’ and so they pretty much blanket stamped a big NO to vaping in general.
However, due to other studies worldwide showing that e-cigs are far safer and the fact that you can get e-liquids without nicotine, the Ministry Of Health in Australia has agreed to set up an independent inquiry to investigate the health risks associated with e-cigarettes.
Just a short time after having opposed the legalization of nicotine e-liquids and e-cigarettes, Greg Hunt, Head of Australia’s Health Ministry now agrees that these should be looked into again and more thoroughly. So, it seems that’s just what will happen and none too soon.
A New Position
The new position and the move to constitute an inquiry into the impact of nicotine e-cigarettes comes after a long quest by the Liberal Party Members of Parliament to have the existing ban lifted. Most recently, the Liberal Party Member of Parliament for New South Wales seems to have triggered a discussion arguing that there is more support in the government now to make nicotine e-cigarettes legal. The New South Wales MP, Trent Zimmerman had chaired an inquiry in parliament that sought to investigate the use of electronic cigarettes.
These and other sentiments were expressed after a yearlong inquiry by The Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport. They finally came up with several recommendations:
Change In Legislation
One of the recommendations was that there was a need to allow the sale, buying and possessing of e-cigarettes.
The legalization of the said activities needed to be in agreement with restrictions enacted by the European Union which include the prohibition to sell e-cigarettes to any people below the age of 18, , restrictions pertaining to marketing and advertising, and finally, limiting the nicotine concentration. Other safety measures were also suggested and will be added as the study progresses and more is known.
It was also a suggested that the government set up an institutional framework that would control the importation, quality control and marketing of e-cigarette products.
Upon the ministry revisiting this issue, Zimmerman has finally been able to prevail upon the health ministry to relook into the existing laws governing e-cigarettes. Through the independent inquiry that the ministry will constitute, the debate on e-cigarettes stands a good hearing that will inform the Australian government’s next action on the matter.
So, as it stands, this is good news for Australia and for the Vape community. Hopefully, these inquiries will be finished quickly and new legislation will be enacted.