World leading vaping legislation introduced to Parliament

The Australian Government today introduced to Parliament world leading vaping legislation to deliver on our promise to protect children, young people and all Australians from the harms of vaping.

The Hon Mark Butler MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care

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The Albanese Government today introduced to Parliament world leading vaping legislation to deliver on our promise to protect children, young people and all Australians from the harms of vaping.
The Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Vaping Reforms) Bill 2024 bans the importation, manufacture, supply, and commercial possession of disposable single use and non-therapeutic vapes, while preserving legitimate patient access to therapeutic vapes through pharmacy settings for smoking cessation and the management of nicotine dependence, where clinically appropriate.  
Vaping is a public health menace, and the rapid rise in vaping among young people is alarming.
The latest national data from 2022/23 showed 1 in 6 high school students recently vaped – a four-fold increase since the previous survey in 2017. This underscores a widespread and serious concern among public health advocates, policy makers and practitioners about vaping in Australia.  
Strong and decisive action is needed to arrest and reverse this increase in vaping, and to prevent long term adverse effects on population health before it is too late.
Vapes were sold to the Australian community as therapeutic goods, to aid those seeking to quit cigarette smoking and so, it is entirely appropriate to regulate them as therapeutic goods – through controls that simultaneously ensure legitimate access and provide sound public protection.  
The Bill is the centrepiece of the Government’s regulatory reforms and builds on our world leading measures implemented earlier this year to ban the import of disposable single use and non-therapeutic vapes under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1958 and to implement pre-market controls for therapeutic vapes under therapeutic goods legislation.
The Bill complements the Public Health (Tobacco and Other Products) Act 2023, which underpins our renewed fight to reduce smoking and vaping rates and protect future generations from the devastating consequences of tobacco use and nicotine addiction.
The Government’s vaping reforms are one part of a broader commitment to address the significant threat to public health caused by tobacco use and nicotine addiction, and to maintain Australia’s hard-fought success in tobacco control.
Several other measures are being implemented to improve health outcomes.
These include more help for people to quit smoking and vaping through the development and expansion of national quit support initiatives, increased awareness and education via new public health campaigns, newly developed clinical guidelines from primary health clinicians.
Additionally, today, the National Cancer Screening Register Amendment Bill 2024 is also being introduced in Parliament. This will amend the National Cancer Screening Register Act 2016 to include lung cancer in the national cancer screening register.
Through the National Lung Cancer Screening Program, eligible at-risk Australians between 50 and 70 years old will be able to get a low dose CT scan every two years, as recommended by the independent Medical Services Advisory Committee, and receive follow-up scans if there are any findings. Screening will begin for eligible individuals from July 2025. The new National Lung Cancer Screening Program will save lives through early diagnosis and treatment.   
Anyone looking to quit smoking or vaping is encouraged to contact their trusted health professional or reach out to Quitline on 13 QUIT (13 78 48) for support.
Quotes attributable to Minister Butler: 
“The Government is taking a world leading response to stop the risk that vapes pose to the Australian community, especially young people. 
“Vapes were sold to governments and communities around the world as a therapeutic good: a product to help hardened smokers – usually people in their 40s or 50s – to quit smoking and kick the habit.
“If vapes are therapeutic goods then it is entirely appropriate that Australia should regulate them as therapeutic goods, instead of allowing them to be sold alongside chocolate bars and bubble gum in convenience stores, often down the road from schools.
“The only groups who want to regulate and sell vaping products are those who profit once kids get hooked on nicotine – Big Tobacco and tobacco retailers.
“This is a major public health issue. We won’t allow another generation of Australians to be lured into addiction by Big Tobacco.  
“This Bill ensures people can continue to access therapeutic vapes to stop smoking on the advice of their doctor, while putting in place comprehensive laws to control the manufacture, supply and commercial possession of illegal vapes.”
“All Australian governments are in lockstep and are committed to working together to stop the disturbing growth in vaping among our young people.
“There is support available for anyone looking to quit vaping or smoking. Contact your trusted health professional, reach out to Quitline at 13 QUIT (13 78 48), or visit for more information.”

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