AUSTRALIA
TGA rejects application from Philip Morris

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has rejected an application from Philip Morris, which would have allowed the sale of heated tobacco products, news.com.au reported.

This comes after the Australian Government moved to ban the import of nicotine-based e-cigarettes. Currently all states and territories ban the sale of e-cigarettes meaning people are forced to import both them and the refills. Under the ban, the import of vaporiser nicotine and e-cigarettes would only be approved with a doctor’s prescription, the report said.
Philip Morris managing director Tammy Chan said the government’s stance on smoke-free products was increasingly at odds with other countries and comparable international regulators. “Study after study shows that scientifically substantiated smoke-free products that do not generate smoke, while not risk-free, are a much better alternative for adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke cigarettes,” she was quoted as saying.
According to the report, the TGA concluded there were significant safety concerns with heated tobacco products. “None of the submissions provided have changed my assessment that nicotine presents a severe hazard from repeated use leading to potential addiction and a significant risk of producing irreversible toxicity, which may involve serious, acute or chronic health risks or death,” a Delegate of the Secretary wrote.

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