The Ban On Nicotine In Australia Is Fueling A Black Market!
Vaporizers, electronic-cigarettes, and nicotine free e-liquids are legal in Australia, but once you want to buy e-liquid with nicotine, vapers are being pushed towards the black market.
According to data obtained in the 2016 census, there could be as many as 250,000 Australians vaping at least once a day. The census data needs to be analyzed carefully, however, as there are a lot of variables. Most experts agree that the average amount of people using electronic cigarettes consistently in Australia each day is closer to 150,000.
Vaping and e-cigarettes, in general, have come a long way in the last decade. It’s taken a long time for many countries to understand the impact of vaping and create the framework for the regulation of e-cigarettes and e-liquid.
Currently, you can buy vaporizers and nicotine free e-liquid legally in Australia. However, you cannot purchase e-liquid with nicotine already added to it legally in Australia. So, how are vapers in Australia getting their nicotine?
You can import pure nicotine and add it yourself to your e-liquid, and you can also import small bottles of e-liquid with nicotine from other countries quite easily.
While there are conflicting reports about how much safer e-cigarettes are when compared to traditional smoking, Public Health England says 95% safer while other reports have emerged which question this percentage and think it’s lower, the dangers of smoking are already well-known.
The fact remains that in the UK they have taken a very proactive approach to utilize electronic cigarettes as quit smoking aids, while in the US and Australia they have taken the opposite approach, making it as hard as possible to access electronic cigarettes and e-liquids.
You can understand why governments are wary of endorsing a product which they see as the next version of the dangerous and deadly product. This lack of regulation by the Australian government isn’t preventing people from accessing e-liquids which contain nicotine though; it’s just making it harder to regulate the e-liquids they are purchasing overseas.
With a healthy and regulated market of e-liquids, the government could ensure that labeling laws were introduced, quality standards on nicotine and other ingredients were in place, bottle safety regulation was in place and ingredients being used were of the highest quality and standards.
Currently, vapers could be buying e-liquid, which is made from inferior ingredients with no quality control or monitoring. Hopefully, the government in Australia will take a proactive and balanced approach to regulating e-liquid and e-cigarettes in the future.