Until e-cigarettes are approved as medicines, smokers must obtain them from the black market. A leading Australian substance abuse expert is pleading for moderation in policies on e-cigarettes. Professor Wayne Hall said current law on electronic nicotine delivery systems placed researchers and people who wanted to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking in a difficult situation. E-cigarettes containing nicotine cannot legally be sold in Australia.
”We should not have to choose between banning e-cigarettes completely and selling them alongside children’s candy,” Professor Hall said. Professor Hall is an advisor to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the director of The University of Queensland’s Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research. “We are told e-cigarettes will only be available to smokers as medicinal products to stop them smoking if clinical trials show them to be safe and effective. “However, regulation as medicines may not be the best regulatory model and, until the products are approved as medicines, smokers must obtain them from the black market. “Effectively, we are treating e-cigarettes like heroin or cocaine, and stifling any real research on their effectiveness.” Read full article
Professor Wayne Hall (04 June 2015) Expert argues against smokescreen on e-cigarette research [editorial]. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/pc7n3yn