Vaping Digest 24th June
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
The stupid Australian government is banning the importation of e-cigarette fluid on July 1st. This has led to a massive, Dunkirk-style effort by vapers to stock up for the rest of their lives.
One retailer in New Zealand had to stop taking orders earlier this week because it couldn’t cope. I dare say they were others.
Paul Karp, The Guardian
Coalition MPs including George Christensen have revolted against Greg Hunt’s unilateral decision to ban the personal importation of liquid nicotine for vaping from 1 July.
The decision, made by the health minister on Friday after parliament rose for a six-week adjournment, delighted doctors groups but has outraged Liberal and National backbenchers who favour legalisation of vaping.
James Purtill, abc.net.au
Nicotine e-cigarettes and refills will be banned in Australia from July 1 under pain of a $220,000 fine. In the United Kingdom, they’re advertised and sold in hospital foyers. What’s going on?
WA’s vapers are going on the attack over a looming ban on the importation of e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine and nicotine refills into Australia.
A petition and a fighting fund have both been launched to challenge the decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration that takes effect from July 1.
The minister for health in Australia Greg Hunt has announced the intention to ban all imports of nicotine-containing products effective July 1. This means that e-cigarette users in Australia will need a prescription from a Doctor to continue using e-cigs to remain smoke-free.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
I am just winding down from the whirlwind of activity that is the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) conference held in Warsaw earlier this month. It is a gathering of people from all occupations and disciplines; lawyers, doctors, scientists, economists, consumers, public health officials, nurses and industry to name but a few. Over 600 people from 70 countries, but with one thought in mind: to try and mitigate the worst effects of the global smoking epidemic, through the mechanism of tobacco harm reduction (THR) and within that, an emphasis on the use of safer nicotine products for those who for whatever reason cannot or don’t want to give up nicotine.
From the Global Forum on Nicotine 2019 – Lee Johnson
The Global Forum on Nicotine (the GFN, for short) has been one of the major events in the tobacco harm reduction calendar for six years now. Each event sees researchers, policy experts, stop smoking workers, consumers and anybody else with an interest in THR gather to listen to presentations on topics such as vaping, smokeless tobacco and heat-not-burn use, taking place over several days and generally providing enough information to single-handedly bring you up-to-date with the best evidence and latest goings-on in the field.
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