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Australia bans all vapes except on prescription to stem use in children

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 04 May 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1014
  1. Bianca Nogrady
  1. Sydney

The importation and sale of all e-cigarettes, regardless of whether they are labelled as containing nicotine or not, will soon be banned in Australia, unless they are supplied by prescription through a licensed pharmacist.

The crackdown by the Australian government was announced amid concerns that a growing black market in vapes is fuelling a rise in child and adolescent vaping and nicotine addiction.

The move also includes a ban on all single use disposable vapes, restrictions on flavours, a shift to plain packaging, and a reduction in the concentration and volume of nicotine permitted in the devices.

“This is a moment to shut down a major health risk to the youngest generation …

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