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Newsagents need to be wary on e-cigarettes

Mark Fletcher
September 4th, 2014 · 2 Comments

E-cigraettes are being regularly pitched to newsagents so I thought I check in with the current situation regarding the regulation and sale of the products. The sale of nicotine containing e-cigarettes is banned in Australia which is kind of odd since nicotine contained cigarettes are still legal.

While the sale of all e-cigarettes, including non-nicotine containing product, is banned in Western Australia, it’s not the case elsewhere from what I can see.

This is a category of product to approach with caution given that it’s possible you might not know what you are stocking. I was approached yesterday by a start up importer and they were not sure about the nicotine content of their product. Ignorance is no defence.

Quit South Australia has published a useful fact sheet. The Therapeutic Goods Administration of the federal government also has useful information available online. The Conversation last month published a report worth reading on this topic.

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Category: Ethics · Social responsibility · Tobacco sales

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  • 1 robbie swan // Sep 4, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Hi Mark, not quite right….court case going on with one of our members in WA which will determine what happens there. You need to check out Qld’s laws as well. Situation very fluid.

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  • 2 Mark Fletcher // Sep 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Robbie my core message is to approach with caution and to not take on nicotine based product such as I was offered yesterday by a start-up.

    I’ve sought out info on QLD laws and cannot find a link to anything other than nicotine.

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