E-cigarettes ban rethink

15 Sep E-cigarettes ban rethink

A LIBERAL backbencher has called for a rethink of Australia’s ban on nicotine e-cigarettes, arguing the devices could spell the end of harmful cigarette smoking.

Senator James Paterson said some of the reasons cited by health groups for maintaining the ban were puzzling.

He said he hoped the government would facilitate rather than block moves to legalise what advocates say is a healthier alternative to smoking, describing the government’s current position on the devices as “sceptical”.

He said the tax was regressive and would disproportionately hit poor people, calling for a rethink of the ban on nicotine used in e-cigarettes.

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