We have looked into the legal ramifications of allowing e-cigarette deals and while the laws are murky at this current point in time, there is no clear reason for a ban.
The Department of Health pointed us to the TGA. This is what they have to say:
Some states and territories have legislation prohibiting the marketing of products that resemble tobacco products
Which is basically passing the buck to state legislation.
Customs. Legal to import ecigarettes as long as they don't make therapeutic claims:
If E-Cigarettes are detected at the border appearing to make a therapeutic claim, the goods may be referred to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA will advise whether further action is warranted, whether any claims made are classed as therapeutic, and whether seizure is appropriate under their Act.
If no therapeutic claim is made, or the TGA determines that no action is warranted, the goods are released, as they are not controlled on importation.
- The EU has recently banned e-cigarette advertising.
- The US is thinking of similar restrictions.
- eBay Australia has banned selling e-cigarettes
If we open up e-cigarette deals, we would restrict it to
- non-nicotine containing products (e.g. just the vaporizer).
- not making therapeutic statements in the deal title/description/rep comments.
But are e-cigarette and e-shishas deals what you want? Vote and let us know in the comments.
Please note that there will be NO changes to other cigarette/Tobacco and related items that are banned Australia-wide by the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992.