Vaping Debate Splits Australian Politicians

Claims for More Information before Australian Parliament Legalises Vaping with Nicotine 


After a year-long review over whether or not to allow vaping Australian politicians are still split and it’s looking likely that more evidence will be needed before an agreement is reached.

Whereas other countries, such as the UK and more recently New Zealand have been advocates for ecigarettes, Australia is still holding out on a final decision.  Quit smoking rates in the US, where ecigarettes remain legal, are also at an all-time high.

The Australian government it is a world leader when it comes to tobacco control, with quit rates down 10 percent in just 20 years.  But over the past three years quit rates have stagnated.

It’s a similar story in the UK prompting questions as to whether the Quit Smoking message has reached its peak.

And critics of ecigarettes point out that record, arguing they don’t need vaping as a solution. One concern here is, similar to many fears in the US, that ecigarettes could create a generation who become addicted to smoking regular cigarettes after becoming attracted to vaping. 

Further concerns over the long-term health benefits were also raised.  It has all led to the official recommendations that more information is needed before a decision can be made.

In the UK the ecigarette is seen as part of the solution to creating a ‘smoke-free generation’. The argument is that while it may not be risk-free, compared to smoking it is by far less damaging.  As one Australian politician, Queensland MP Andrew Laming, put it: “Life is short and shorter for smokers. Legalise vaping.”

In some Australian states you can buy vaping devices as long as they can’t carry nicotine liquid.  In other states all devices are illegal.  The rules are different, depending where you are.  But the purchase or possession of nicotine-containing eliquid remains illegal across the country.

For now the country remains in a stalemate.