Posted on October 26, 2022 By Colin
A NEW REPORT recommends that Australia should legalise nicotine vaping products and regulate them as adult consumer goods. [link]
The report by London-based Llewellyn Consulting was commissioned by British American Tobacco and examined the economics of different regulatory options. It concluded that
Legalisation and regulation is the most workable approach to addressing the rampant sale of illicit vaping products in Australia
The suggested model would
Under the proposed scheme, nicotine vaping products would be sold as adult consumer products by licensed retail outlets such as vape shops, convenience stores and tobacconists with strict age verification.
The review recognised the explosion in black market vaping products in Australia which is expected to increase further, in spite of Australia having "one of the world’s most restrictive laws on nicotine vaping."
Take up of the current prescription-only model ‘is very small, few doctors offer the service, and most are reluctant to do so”
A more open market would address the current problems:
The report concludes that other ways to control illicit vaping will not be effective.
This report only examines the economic aspects of regulation.
But even more important is the benefit to public health of ensuring a safe, regulated and legal supply of vaping products to adult smokers, which would also restrict access to young people
The case for a legalized and regulated consumer market for nicotine vapes in Australia is clearly established for both economic and health reasons. It is now time for the Australian government to act
Tobacco and vaping products in Australia: an economic assessment. Llewellyn Consulting. October 2022