E-cigarettes and the law in Australia

  • Douglas H
  • Hall W
  • Gartner C
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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Australian laws covering electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are complex and vary between jurisdictions. The supply of nico-tine-containing e-cigarettes in Australia is illegal. Possession or use of nicotine in e-cigarettes without approval is also illegal and the sale of non-nicotine e-cigarettes is illegal in some states. Despite the current legal barriers, the use of e-cigarettes by Aus-tralian smokers has increased over recent years. OBJECTIVE: This article summarises these laws, recent cases involving e-cigarettes and what is known about their safety and efficacy as cessation aids. DISCUSSION: Australian medical practitioners are likely to be asked about e-cigarettes by patients who smoke and may be interested in using them to quit smoking. The efficacy of e-cigarettes as a cessation aid has not been fully established. The health risk of long-term use is also unknown, although it is probably less than that of smoking cigarettes. There is an urgent need for research on the health effects of e-cigarettes and their use in quitting smoking

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  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84930052949
  • SGR: 84930052949
  • ISSN: 03008495
  • PMID: 26209995
  • ISBN: 0300-8495
  • PUI: 604797522

Authors

  • Heather Douglas

  • Wayne Hall

  • Coral Gartner

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