Australia to put ban on disposable vape imports from January

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Australia to ban import of disposable vapes from January, in a effort to curb nicotine addiction among children.

It also plans to introduce new laws, which will bar the production, advertisement, and supply of single-use vapes in the country.

In a broader push, Australia is trying to phase out recreational vaping completely.

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Vaping was marketed into the market as a way to quit smoking, however, Australian health ministry says it has created a “new generation of nicotine dependency.”

Vapes, or e-cigarettes, are lithium battery-powered devices that have cartridges filled with liquids containing nicotine, artificial flavoring, and a range of other chemicals.

It has been illegal for any Australian to purchase or import e-cigarettes or nicotine vapes without a doctor’s prescription since 2021, but those restriction failed into containing the rates of addiction.

As per a study at the University of Sydney earlier this year, over a quarter of teenagers aged between 14 and 17 have vaped. Meanwhile, researchers from Australia’s Cancer Council charity found that nine out of ten teenagers in the same age group found it easy to access nicotine vapes.