As the USA considers bans and regulations regarding vaping it wasn’t going to be long before the hysteria reached Australia. This week the government has voted in favour of toughened new laws on the importation of nicotine.
Health Minister Greg Hunt has called on the Department of Home Affairs and the Therapeutic Goods Administration to work together to come up with new regulations, according to online reports.
The Health Minister is seeking a tightening of border control measures to prevent the importation of nicotine. This means although it is legal to import with a valid Dr’s prescription, your packages now may be seized and you may be asked to provide proof of a legal prescription.
Meanwhile, last month the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner (RACGP) released new guidelines that support recommending vaping as a reliable method to quit smoking. While even Dr’s in Australia are now recommending vaping as a safer alternative to smoking, our Federal Health Minister is still taking the hard line approach in regards to making vaping a safe and legal alternative.
It’s not hard to see why a government raking in over $5 billion in tobacco excises this past financial year alone, would be against vaping. Tobacco taxes in Australia are some of the highest in the world, it’s whats keeping the federal budget out of a deficit!
Also on the news are fears that vaping supplies in Australia may be compromised due to the ongoing Corona Virus outbreak. The majority of the worlds vaping supplies are manufactured in China. With many manufacturers still shut down, supplies may be difficult to come by.
Now is the time to start building if you haven’t previously, I’d also suggest stocking up on nicotine now before the vaping hysteria gets out of control. And it’s easy to see how it is already getting out of control with news reports of #vapetricks on social media platform Tik Tok.