E-cigarettes and the law in Australia

Douglas, Heather, Hall, Wayne and Gartner, Coral (2015) E-cigarettes and the law in Australia. Australian Family Physician, 44 6: 415-418.

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Author Douglas, Heather
Hall, Wayne
Gartner, Coral
Title E-cigarettes and the law in Australia
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2015-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 44
Issue 6
Start page 415
End page 418
Total pages 4
Place of publication East Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Keyword E-cigarettes
Australian Law
Cessation aids
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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