Following on from Minister of Health, Mark Butlers announcement of a plan to ban vaping, the TGA has been commissioned to run yet another vaping regulatory change consultation this time aimed at banning vaping altogether in Australia (including non nicotine vaping products currently legally sold in specialist vape stores).
The principle behind e-cigarettes is the idea of “harm reduction”: traditional “combustible” tobacco is extremely dangerous for all users, while vapor-based nicotine products have far milder effects on our health. So, if we can just get every lover of cigarettes, cigars, and pipes to permanently swap over to e-cigarettes, we could save millions of lives every year. Switching from smoking to vaping is easier than quitting all-together, and is a realistic, achievable goal for many or most smokers.
Any serious article on quitting is going to tell you that the evidence on e-cigarettes isn’t all in yet. They help some people, make it worse for others, and it varies a lot by product. So rather than trying to tackle the whole field, this article is going to focus on just one aspect of it: how e-liquid flavor affects smoking cessation. We’ll quickly cover health issues and vaping as a tool to quit smoking, then get into why flavor is such an important part of making that work.
Podlyfe is a company that’s dedicated to harm reduction. As we’ve discussedbefore, nicotine vapes are an increasingly important tool for “harm reduction”—directly reducing the health impact of smoking combustible tobacco. While vaping isn’t completely harmless, it’ssignificantly less harmful than smoking cigarettes, and the vapes we stock are designed specifically to be both appealing and satisfying to smokers. In other words, we want to help people quit.
Despite the majority of submissions disagreeing with with the TGAs vaping regulation public consultation run in late 2022, policy makers dismissed these submissions as being "campaign responses from nicotine addicts" and on May 2nd 2023, Australian Federal Minister of Health Mark Butler announced the government plans to double down on a proposed vaping ban in Australia.
Unlike most countries including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States, South Africa and the rest of Europe who see vaping as a Tobacco Harm Reduction tool, Australia has had a very precautionary approach to regulating vaping which has meant it is currently scheduled as a prescription only medicine