‘Overwhelming’ support for regulation of vape imports amid ‘health emergency’, TGA reports

Sun, 9 Apr 2023 22:26:44 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"An “overwhelming” number of health experts and authorities support tightening
border controls around nicotine vaping products, with many wanting an import
ban on non-nicotine vaping products as well, Australia’s drugs regulator has
told the government.

On Thursday afternoon, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) published the
almost 4,000 public submissions made in response to the government’s proposed
vaping reforms, aimed at tackling rising youth vaping rates and a burgeoning
black market.

“All state and territory governments supported tightening border controls for
nicotine vaping products, with most also supporting closing the personal
importation scheme and requiring import permits,” the TGA summary said.

Health professional bodies, public health associations, individual health
professionals and university researchers “overwhelmingly supported tightening
border controls,” the TGA said. “Many public health experts and bodies
submitted that border controls should be also be placed on non-nicotine vaping

The importation of all vaping products should be banned “as soon as possible to
curb youth access to nicotine vaping products,” a submission from the South
Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit said.

Banning importation and restricting use to those with a prescription from their
doctor to help them quit tobacco smoking “would reduce the amount of vape
testing we need to perform and the number of vape seizures we make … both of
which would save considerable costs and human resources,” the submission said."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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