A woman vaping.

THE sale of e-cigarette merchandise from a merchandising machine will quickly be prohibited beneath the ACT authorities’s crackdown on e-cigarettes.

The Well being Laws Modification Invoice 2022 was handed immediately (November 24) by the ACT Legislative Meeting, and consists of: a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes from merchandising machines, stronger compliance testing to implement the prohibition on sale of e-cigarettes to folks beneath the age of 18, and lengthening therapeutic items legal guidelines to allow motion to be taken in opposition to sole merchants.

Minister for Well being Rachel Stephen-Smith mentioned the federal government is working onerous to scale back the hurt brought on by smoking and vaping in the neighborhood.

“Lowering provide is a vital part of minimising hurt,” she mentioned.

“By these authorized adjustments, ACT Authorities officers can have the flexibility to examine if e-cigarettes are being bought to minors and to take away the flexibility on the market by means of merchandising machines.”

Dr Devin Bowles, CEO of the ACT’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Different Drug Affiliation (ATODA) mentioned:

“Preserving e-cigarettes out of the fingers of youngsters and younger folks is without doubt one of the most vital public well being challenges of our time, and the neighborhood is up in opposition to highly effective business pursuits.

“ATODA applauds these reforms to assist forestall minors accessing e-cigarettes.”