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JCU expert available to comment on e-cigarette ban

Friday, 26 June 2020

A James Cook University expert on tobacco control is available for media interviews regarding the ban on electronic cigarettes that comes into force on July 1st.

The personal importation of e-cigarettes and nicotine refills for vaping devices will be illegal in Australia from Wednesday next week.

Vapouriser nicotine products will only be available via prescription. Only medical suppliers or pharmacists will be able to import nicotine with permission granted by the Department of Health.

This is in contrast to Britain, Canada and New Zealand, where authorities have allowed e-cigarettes in an effort to reduce traditional cigarette consumption.

Critics have claimed the ban will cost lives by driving nicotine users back to cigarettes and will have an especially high impact on the health and finances of vulnerable people.

The Department of Health said the initial year-long ban will provide time for public submissions into future regulation.

Dr Aaron Drovandi from James Cook University’s College of Medicine and Dentistry has been researching the field for many years and can provide expert commentary on the issue of nicotine harm reduction.

 

Previous media releases are available at https://bit.ly/2NqPMIj and https://bit.ly/2VfpiO9

 

Dr Drovandi is available for comment on the issue today (Friday 26 June) and Monday and Tuesday next week.

 

Contact:

Dr Aaron Drovandi (Townsville)

E: aaron.drovandi@jcu.edu.au

M: 0448 190 928