According to foreign reports, Australia's Senate investigation on nicotine atomization products is in progress.
An ad hoc committee on tobacco harm reduction was set up to establish a strategy to find tobacco reduction, particularly around nicotine e-cigarettes.
The Commission will investigate factors such as how nicotine aerosol products are handled in countries such as New Zealand, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States, and the impact of atomization on smoking rates.
It will also assess evidence of the impact of legalized nicotine aerosol products on smoking and smoking rates among adolescents, as well as evidence of how Australia has reduced smoking and smoking among adolescents.
The Commission will submit its final report by December 1, 2020.
In Australia, it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes with the vaporizer nicotine in all States and territories. However, if you have a general practitioner's prescription, it can be obtained legally.
In June, health minister Greg Hunt said in a statement: 'around the world, we have seen strong evidence that for the first time, non-smokers have been introduced into nicotine through e-cigarettes and that the government will ban the import of nicotine based e-cigarettes. From January 1, 2021.
Hunt said at the time that this would help prevent non-smokers from introducing nicotine through atomization.
The National Retail Association (NRA) attacked the therapeutic products Administration (TGA) for allowing only prescription based e-cigarettes, calling it absurd. However, the NRA welcomed the announcement of a new Senate investigation.
NRA spokesman David stout said in a statement that the TGA's ruling will hurt tens of thousands of small retailers in Australia who rely on tobacco sales to support their business but want less harmful alternatives. There is no point in allowing retailers to sell cigarettes, but they should be prevented from selling less harmful alternatives to help people quit smoking.
Almost all other OECD countries allow the use of nicotine atomization, which is legalized with the support of the World Health Organization, the spokesman said. It doesn't make sense to make it harder for consumers to quit smoking while people block doctors' operations to get prescriptions.
The group is also keen to participate in the consultation process.
The fact that TGA decided to allow nicotine atomization was that it recognized that it was a safer option for smokers. We hope that this Senate investigation will provide an opportunity to reset and properly analyze the facts. We look forward to an overview of this case, as the sensible and consistent result will be to allow the sale of smokeless nicotine in the same places and under the same legal restrictions as currently applied to cigarettes and tobacco.
TGA reported the findings of the Victoria toxicology information center, which recorded 41 cases of liquid nicotine poisoning last year and 21 cases in 2018.
Studies from the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne have found that non-smokers are more likely to smoke when using e-cigarettes.
'we found clear evidence that non-smokers who use e-cigarettes are three times more likely to smoke than non-smokers who don't use e-cigarettes,' Australian National University Professor Emily banks said in a statement.
According to the study, there is not enough evidence that using e-cigarettes can help quit smoking.
Banks added: 'our review found that there is not enough evidence to conclude that e-cigarettes are effective in quitting smoking compared to other methods, but there are hopeful signs that they have the potential to help.
The evidence also suggests that e-cigarettes tend to lead to long-term nicotine use rather than total abstinence.