Submission to legalise nicotine for vaping rejected
E-cigarettes with nicotine have the potential to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian smokers. However the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently rejected an application to make them legal in Australia. A final decision will be handed down on 23 March.
Smokers who switch to vaping are currently being criminalised for choosing a safer product which harms no-one else. On the other hand, tobacco for smoking is specifically exempt from the same restriction and is available for sale on every street corner! Whatever the intention, current policy has the effect of driving smokers towards more dangerous tobacco cigarettes and away from e-cigarettes.
Sixteen Australian academics, researchers and clinicians submitted an application for this decision to be reversed. It is available for download here:
Below are links to submissions from other experts and interest groups:blog comments powered by Disqus