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AUSTRALIA

Importing nicotine e-cigs banned

30 Sep 2021. The importation of nicotine e-cigarettes is being banned because of a "significant increase" in their use by young people in Australia, reports ABC News.

The sale of nicotine e-cigarettes or nicotine vapes is illegal in Australia without a prescription. But importing nicotine vapes from overseas websites without a prescription hasn't been criminalised until now.

From 1 October, the Australian Border Force will have the power to intercept packages of nicotine vapes, nicotine pods or liquid nicotine, the report said. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) head John Skerritt said the ban was to prevent people from taking up nicotine vaping. "There are a lot of tobacconists and convenience stores, and even things like sex shops, who are selling these products illegally at the moment," Professor Skerritt was quoted as saying. He said that the trend is on the up in Australia with especially young children using high levels of nicotine vapes.