The Black Market of Vaping In Australia

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Australia plans to publish liquid nicotine restrictions to reduce the adverse harm from vaping products but was strongly opposed by some liquid nicotine users.

Fraser, one of the liquid nicotine users against the restrictions, considers turning back to tobacco smoking if he can not purchase liquid nicotine in the future.

He said:

"I would figure out a way to get either the nicotine salt, or whatever, to add to liquid, or just go to a place and buy it."

"I would still rather go through that than smoke."

The Federal Government of Australia announced the intention to further restrict liquid nicotine on July 19. At present, it's illegal to buy or sell liquid nicotine. However, there is a loophole for this restriction plan that people are allowed to import prescribed, but unregulated, medicine from overseas via the Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA) Personal Importation Scheme.

According to the proposed plan ( initially plans to set on July 1, now delayed to January 1, 2021), only health practitioners or pharmacists can import liquid nicotine for their patients as a last measure for smoking cessation.

This proposed restriction plan raises concerns of e-cigarettes, such as the study of how vaping products become increasingly popular for young people in the US and Canada and how analysis of the association between e-cigarettes and the increase in smoking rates.

There are many debates upon the sale and use of e-cigarettes in current Australia,  the popularity of e-cigarettes in Australia doesn't change. And according to the statistic, there are more than 97000 daily vaping users in the world.

Dr. Alex Wodak is an addiction medicine specialist on the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association's Board of Directors. He claimed:

"We'll see increased harms, and I have no doubt about that."

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