Australia to Intensify Control to Address Teen Vaping

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the Guardian - The federal government will crackdown on children accessing e-cigarettes, with the regulator to consider key changes including tightening importation rules and tougher labelling laws.


As rates of teenage vaping soar, Australia’s drugs regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will begin public consultation in four areas: changes to importation and border control laws required to stop illegal products entering Australia; pre-market assessments of vapes to create a regulated source of products for pharmacists and doctors to prescribe; labelling, advertising and flavouring of vapes that make them attractive to children; and stronger identification and regulation of nicotine-containing products.


In the meantime, the health minister, Mark Butler, announced menthol cigarettes will be banned, along with other cigarette flavours and additives.


The public consultation on vaping reforms will be open until 16 January. Butler will meet that same month with state and territory health ministers to discuss how a response to vaping can be coordinated nationally.


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