Since 1 October 2021, nicotine liquid has been classified as a prescription-only medicine in Australia. Australia is the only country that classifies nicotine vaping products (NVPs) as such, in other Western countries nicotine liquid is seen as a consumer product.
The Australian model has been an embarrassing failure. Although the aim was to allow adults to access nicotine vapes with a doctor's support and prevent youth vaping, the opposite effect is the reality. It has created a thriving black market that sells unregulated, mislabelled nicotine products to adults and to children.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is pushing to increase NVP restrictions. This approach will:
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