Deadline for submissions to Senate Inquiry Friday 4 August
The Senate Inquiry is separate from the previous Inquiry by the House of Representatives, which closed recently. However, both are important.
The main purpose of the Bill is to allow nicotine to be legally available for use in alternative, safer products to combustible tobacco, specifically
- Liquid nicotine up to 20mg/ml (2%) for use in electronic cigarettes
- Nicotine in tobacco for heating in heat-not-burn products
Some people feel that the limit on nicotine concentration of 20mg/ml in e-cigarettes is too low. In the UK, 6% of vapers use concentrations over 20mg/ml. In your submission you can comment on this if you wish. The New Nicotine Alliance application to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) requested a maximum nicotine strength of 36mg/ml. Click here for more on nicotine concentrations.
Heat-not-burn products, such as iQOS, glo and Ploom are a safer alternative to smoking and are preferred by some people. These products heat tobacco without combustion or smoke to produce an inhalable vapour, containing nicotine as well as some of the heated chemicals from tobacco. They are thought to be about 90-95% safer than smoking.
This Bill requires nicotine to be exempted from the Poisons Standard for these purposes. The Poisons Standard is a national classification of drugs and poisons. Nicotine is currently classified as Schedule 7 (a dangerous poison), which currently makes possession or use of nicotine illegal, except in tobacco for smoking, the most harmful product of all!
Lodging your submission
People with an interest in reducing the harm from tobacco and legalising alternative safer products should consider making a submissions.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 4 August 2017. There are no 'terms of reference for this inquiry'. The committee is just seeking comments on the Bill.
There are 3 ways to lodge:
3. By post
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: +61 2 6277 3515