Australian Vapers ‘Breaking The Law’
Thinking of travelling to Australia from the UK anytime soon? You need to know this if you’re a vaper… According to reports, thousands of Australians are vaping and breaking the law to help them quit smoking. It’s illegal to vape nicotine in Australia without prescription. Incidentally, cigarettes in Australia are among the most expensive in the world, and is it predicted that cigarettes will be around $40 dollars in 2020, the equivalent of £23. Dr Colin Mendelsohn, a tobacco treatment specialist, told The Chris Smith Show that vaping is a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, and Australians should have access to e-cigs. “We know vaping is far safer than smoking and it’s a helpful substitute for a lot of smokers who just can’t otherwise quit.” “Over the long term, the risk is no more than 5% of smoking. It’s the most popular quitting aid in the US and the UK. We know millions have quit using this product.” “The health department just can’t get its head around it.” Dr Mendelsohn's reference the UK vapers is correct, as many statistics have showed that many smokers have managed to quit their habits using e-cigarettes. Moreover, the Governmental agency for the department of health Public Health England have called for NHS hospitals to prescribe e-cigarettes to help people quit and have said vaping is around 95% safer than smoking. In March last year, the Australian authorities rejected the chance to legalise e-liquid containing nicotine. Despite pressure from e-cigarette supporters, the Therapeutic Goods Administration rejected the chance to legalise e-liquid containing nicotine. Many vapers depend on nicotine content in e-liquid to kick their cigarette addictions and there's seemingly no end in sight for Australian vapers fighting for nicotine in their e-juice.