Less harmful forms of nicotine have harm reduction potential that is worth investigating
Concern has been expressed about the possible increased use of smokeless forms of tobacco, such as low-nitrosamine smokeless tobacco (SLT) and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), also known as e-cigarettes (Box).1 Domestic sale of SLT was banned pre-emptively in 1991 in response to overseas marketing of these products to youth. Currently, Australians are permitted to import limited amounts of SLT for personal use, but the importation of nicotine cartridges and solutions for use in ENDS is prohibited because nicotine is a Schedule 7 poison. Meanwhile, the most harmful tobacco products — conventional cigarettes — are ubiquitous in Australian retail environments.
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