Australian health minister softens on vaping, calling for inquiry

After a long period of opposition to vaping, Australia’s health minister has moved to set up an independent inquiry into the health impact of nicotine e-cigarettes.

The partial change of tack follows a push by some members of the Liberal Party, to which minister Greg Hunt belongs, to fully legalise vaping.

As the law stands, vaping devices can be sold freely over the counter but users must import their nicotine-containing e-liquid from overseas – and can only do so with a medical certificate from a doctor.

In March this year a parliamentary inquiry rejected the full legalisation of e-cigs. But a dissenting report – backed by government MPs Trent Zimmerman and Tim Wilson – argued that while the evidence surrounding e-cigarettes “is still emerging, there are clear indications that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to human health than smoking tobacco cigarettes”.

Read full article
I'm already a subscriber
Author default picture


This article was written by one of ECigIntelligence’s international correspondents. We currently employ more than 40 reporters around the world to cover individual vaping markets. For a full list, please see our Who We Are page.

Our Key Benefits

The global e-cigarette market is in an opaque regulatory environment that requires professionals to be on top of industry developments to make informed decisions and optimise their strategy.

ECigIntelligence provides organisations with leading market and regulatory data analysis to anticipate and understand market developments globally and the impact of regulatory changes to the business.

  • Stay informed of any legal and market change in the sector that impacts your organisation
  • Maximise resources by getting market and legal data analysis daily in one place
  • Make smart decisions by understanding how the regulatory and market landscape evolves
  • Anticipate risks in your decisions by monitoring regulatory changes that impact your organization