Despite his opinions violating those of the council’s official stance, the medicine regulator is pushing for e-cig nicotine to be exempt from the Schedule 7 dangerous poisons list, to try and reduce the harm caused by tobacco.
In addition, dozens of academics and researchers have contacted the Therapeutic Good Administration in attempt to upheave the ban.
Cancer Council researcher Ron Borland co-submitted a report that argued that the current Australian laws are difficult to defend. This move has angered the majority of the Cancer Council.
Despite these difficulties, Professor Borland said retractors of e-cigarettes have been subjected to uncorroborated information.
“Most of the evidence against us is dodgy,” he said.
In Professor Borland’s opinion, e-cigarettes are being treated like heroin and cocaine, and cigarettes, the most dangerous “tobacco” product, are inadvisably available.
Professor Borland has clearly done his homework. E-cigarettes are widely considered the healthier option in the UK, and are recognised as the most successful method of smoking cessation, helping thousands quit.
There are suggestions from e-cig opponents that vaping may act as a gateway or re-normalise smoking. However, this is not the case, as a recent study found minimal e-cig use among non-smokers.