Can prohibition work? The battle over the government’s tough new vaping ban

11 October 2021

Emeritus Professor Wayne Hall from UQ's National Centre for Youth Substance Research featured in The New Daily discussing new vaping laws. 

Starting on October 1, the Federal Government closed a loophole that allowed Australians to import nicotine vaping products (NVPs) from overseas without a doctor’s prescription.

Some experts are concerned the new laws will put users at a higher risk of harm, by forcing them into the black market to buy a product that could save their lives.

Emeritus Professor Wayne Hall said prohibition advocates often use a double standard when it comes to statistics around youth vaping and smoking.

“There has been much more experimentation with vaping amongst young people in recent years, but I think there’s a tendency to focus on ever-use,” he said. 

“I mean, these are young people who might have tried a vape once, and they’re all counted as vapers.”

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