Unintended consequences of a cautious approach to e‐cigarette laws

Christian Catalano, Noel E Cranswick, Jeff Robinson, Joanne Grindlay, Mick Creati, Margie H Danchin, Nicola Williams and Amanda Gwee
Med J Aust 2019; 210 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50001
Published online: 18 February 2019

To the Editor: The Australian Government's decision to uphold a restriction on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), or e‐cigarettes, is in keeping with its highly effective tobacco control framework. In its March 2017 ruling, the Therapeutic Goods Administration outlined the lack of long term safety data around ENDS and the emerging evidence suggesting that availability of these devices may be associated with an increase in cigarette smoking in young adults.1

  • 1 Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC
  • 4 Victorian Poisons Information Centre, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 5 Burnet Institute, Melbourne, VIC

Competing interests:

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