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Liquid nicotine import crackdown flagged


Australian Associated Press


22/12/2020 1:55:55 PM

Australians will need a prescription to import liquid nicotine from October next year.

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The sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine is currently illegal across Australia.

The Federal Government’s vaping crackdown aims to stop young people from taking up the habit.
 
Federal 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. It is also illegal to possess them without a medical prescription, except in South Australia.
 
Minister 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 (TGA).
 
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 people who smoke quit.
 
AAP



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