Ban on Nicotine in E-cigarette Products Draws Criticism

by Shirley Johanna on  March 10, 2015 at 11:03 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
Ban on nicotine in e-cigarette products is under fire from a visiting health professional who says it is doing more harm than good.
 Ban on Nicotine in E-cigarette Products Draws Criticism
Ban on Nicotine in E-cigarette Products Draws Criticism

Professor Wayne Hall, University of Queensland said, "the law created an absurd situation where people were resorting to the black market to buy products that contained a less harmful form of nicotine than normal tobacco cigarettes."

Hall said, "that the government should acknowledge the widespread use of e-cigarettes by reversing the ban and regulating the nicotine products to ensure safety."

Over the past six months, Ministry of Health enforcement officers have targeted stores that sell nicotine e-cigarettes and issued warnings to several retailers. The penalty for selling nicotine liquid can be as high as $10,000.

Brendon Baker, senior tobacco control adviser, said, " The ministry was between wanting to encourage people quit smoking, but not having enough evidence to recommend e-cigarettes as a safe alternative."

Source: Medindia

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