The smoking of e-cigarettes, also known as “vaping”, will be banned in all areas that prohibit smoking across Victoria under new laws to take effect from 2017. The changes to the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2016 will cover all e-cigarettes regardless of whether they contain nicotine and e-cigarettes will be banned in dining areas, schools and cars in which children are present.
Currently, the sale of nicotine-free e-cigarettes is unregulated. However, under the new laws persons under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to purchase e-cigarettes. “Our tough new laws will protect young kids from the risks of e-cigarettes and help de-normalise smoking” said Minister for Health Jill Hennessy.
To view our previous Insight on e-cigarettes, click here.
To read the media release, click here.