Submission to legalise nicotine for vaping rejected

Posted by DrMendelsohn on 17 February, 2017

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:


Response to the TGA interim decision on nicotine, 16 Feb 2017

       Australian co-signatories

  • Professor Amanda Baker
  • Professor Billie Bonevski
  • Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo
  • Professor Ron Borland
  • Professor Ric Day
  • Conjoint Associate Professor Nadine Ezard
  • Dr Robert Graham
  • Professor Wayne Hall
  • Dr David Helliwell
  • Conjoint Professor Nicholas Lintzeris
  • Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn
  • Professor Emeritus James (Jim) Rankin
  • Professor Robyn Richmond
  • Dr Catherine Silsbury
  • Professor Ian W. Webster AO
  • Dr Alex Wodak AM


Other submissions

Below are links to submissions from other experts and interest groups:

Clive Bates and 20 other international and some Australian academics, researchers and clinicians

New Nicotine Alliance Australia

Australian Taxpayers Alliance

Terry Barnes - Cormorant Policy Advice, Australian fellow of the UK Institute of Economic Affairs

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