Ban on nicotine in e-cigarette products is under fire from a visiting health professional who says it is doing more harm than good.
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."