TGA''s inaction on vaping regulation puts Australians at risk

TGA''s inaction on vaping regulation puts Australians at risk

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) was warned months ago about the potential for dangerous, unregulated smoke-free products like e-cigarettes and vaporisers, and its inaction has put Australians at risk.

Legalise Vaping Australia Campaign Director Brian Marlow wrote to the TGA CEO John Skerritt on November 6th, requesting support for common-sense regulation of these products to ensure smokers can access these devices in a safe and legal manner.

“The TGA’s empty warning is absurd[1], when they have known for months that these products are unregulated, untested and imported without any checks and balances and have done nothing,” Mr Marlow said. The TGS response to our letter just dodged the issue, which is unfortunate.

“While the TGA has sat on its hands, these products are regulated and legally available to smokers in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, the European Union and New Zealand.”

“Australians deserve access to the same reduced risk alternatives to smoking, and we are calling on the TGA and public health authorities to work with us to deliver the safety standards and regulations that all Australians expect.”

“In spite of the TGA’s misleading claims of a lack of evidence or research into the benefits of smoke-free products, there are now 55 international scientific studies show that these products are less harmful than cigarettes and can help people quit smoking[2].”

A 2018 CSIRO review[3] said smoke-free products like e-cigarettes and vaporisers do not produce smoke – and as most of the health risk comes from the combustion of tobacco – it means they are healthier for smokers and the people around them.

The Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists[4] supports risk-proportionate regulation and harm reduction, and so does Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia.[5]

The UK Government’s own Public Health England has confirmed vaping is 95 per cent less harmful than smoking and guidance to doctors recommends smoke-free products as quit aids.[6] The New Zealand Government has confirmed that there is no robust evidence to support misleading claims that vaping is a ‘gateway to smoking’[7].


Brian Marlow

Campaign Director - Legalise Vaping Australia
0439 138 826