AMA statement on the regulation of e-cigarettes

Saturday 18 June 2016
AMA Victoria supports the State Government’s decision to regulate e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes should be regulated and included in the state’s tobacco laws, as this will ensure:
The products do not contain illegal ingredients, such as nicotine.
The products are not being sold or promoted to minors.
The products are not being used in smoke-free areas.
“As a device being promoted as a healthier alternative to smoking, e-cigarettes should be regulated to ensure safety standards are met and also to prevent any inappropriate promotion,” President of AMA Victoria, Dr Lorraine Baker, said on Saturday.
"There is limited evidence that shows e-cigarettes are effective smoking cessation devices. While it is illegal for e-cigarettes sold in Victoria to contain nicotine, testing of e-cigarettes found that 70% were incorrectly labelled nicotine-free. This highlights the need for regulation. Nicotine’s effects are not confined to the brain where it acts as a stimulant. It is unsafe in pregnancy and causes an increase in heart rate, higher blood pressure and gastrointestinal side effects. Nicotine in high doses can be fatally toxic - a greater risk with the liquid-based product used in e-cigarettes, which small children may access more readily," Dr Baker said.
AMA Victoria calls on the Victorian Parliament to support the regulation and inclusion of e-cigarettes in the state’s tobacco laws.
For further information, please see the AMA’s 2015 policy position on Tobacco Smoking and E-cigarettes and Quit’s fact sheet on effective nicotine replacement products.
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