Update 6/26/2020 – Aussie PM Cancels Nicotine Import Ban!
Just a few hours ago, the news came through that the Nicotine Import Ban has been put on hold for at least 6 months.
Greg Hunt’s (Minister of Health) original campaign would have banned all importation per the Governor-General for the next year. It would have been effective as of July 1st.
Due to overwhelming amounts of phone calls, petitions, and emails, the ban has been called off for now. Over 70,000 people have voiced their opinion over just the past two days. This pressure was created not only locally in Australia, but globally! Vapers from all over the world made calls and signed petitions.
This shows just how much can be done when we band together in solidarity. But while the battle has been won, the war will continue. It’s easy to see this is an important political issue and it only buys people 6 months of time. This is a win, but more importantly, this is a wake-up call for all Aussie vapers.
Now is not the time to back off. Continue to write petitions. Keep fighting for your right to vape!
Below is our original report which was published prior to the change in law…
Nicotine Importation will be illegal as of July 1st. This is a huge blow to the vape industry in Australia, but it has been in the works for quite a while. It has been a threat for at least the last 2 years but is finally coming to fruition.
Before we move on, it would behoove you to order NOW. Due to the nature of the law, you may face import fees (up to $150) if your nicotine is delivered after the 1st. There are many companies in New Zealand, currently working overtime to get orders out as soon as possible. It’s important to only order what you need, and not panic buy.
The RACGP president, Dr. Harry Nespolon has put his support behind the move, which will come into effect on 1 July and apply to all e-cigarettes containing vaporizer nicotine (nicotine liquids and salts) and nicotine-containing refills, unless on prescription from a doctor. And even by prescription, nicotine will be temporary, as it is only a means to wean you off.
Their argument is there are no long term studies on the effects of e-cigarettes and vaping in general.
When asked about the import ban, and usage of prescriptions, Dr. Nespolon is quoted saying:
‘This is not a smoking cessation aid that should be embraced by all smokers in the community, it is the last resort prescription for people who have already tried evidence-based smoking cessation options and not succeeded. I urge all people who smoke to see their GP and explore the pharmacotherapy treatments available. This includes nicotine replacement therapy in the form of a patch, spray, gum, or lozenge. There are also effective drugs available such as varenicline, which blocks the pleasure and reward response to smoking, as well as bupropion hydrochloride which reduces the urge to smoke and helps with nicotine withdrawal.”
This comes as a huge blow to vape shops, and employees. Australia already has a huge amount of legislation and this could be the final blow to the industry as a whole. America is facing a similar situation with the PMTA deadline in September.
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The PMTA takes things to a whole different level, however, removing all flavored liquids and most hardware.
Most major sites in New Zealand have already cut off their shipping, the time to act is now. The current ban will be for the next 12 months and will be reviewed this time next year.