Australian authorised vaping prescribers skyrocket, but so do black markets

The number of authorised prescribers for nicotine vaping products in Australia has skyrocketed since regulations changed to allow imports. However ,critics say the prescriptions-only approach has also led to a black market.

The Australian Department of Health has launched a consultation on the draft National Tobacco Strategy 2022-2030, aimed to improve public health by reducing tobacco use. Retail and vaping user groups are arguing that over-the-counter sales should be allowed, but with sales banned to school-age children.

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Antonia Di Lorenzo

Assistant news editor/senior reporter
Antonia is a member of the editorial team and holds a masters degree in Law from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. She moved in 2013 to London, where she completed a postgraduate course at the London School of Journalism. In the UK, she worked as a news reporter for a financial newswire and a magazine before moving to Barcelona in 2019.

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