Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

An e-cigarette replicates smoking behaviour without the use of tobacco.

It is a battery-operated device designed to heat a liquid (known as e-liquid or e-juice) to produce a vapour that users inhale.

The liquid generally contains a base solution of propylene glycol and glycerine. Ingredients typically added to this solution include flavouring and a range of chemicals. They may or may not contain nicotine.

E-cigarettes that contain nicotine are called electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

It is illegal to sell, buy or use e-cigarette cartridges containing nicotine in Tasmania.

Most devices contain an electronic vaporisation system, a battery and a liquid cartridge.

Some look like conventional cigarettes while others appear more like an electronic device or resemble everyday items such as lipsticks and pens. They can be disposable, re-chargeable and/or refillable.

Consultation on new laws for e-cigarettes, tobacco licensing and smoking bans

In January 2017, the community was invited to comment on a regulatory impact statement on proposed changes to the Public Health Act 1997 that address e-cigarettes, and changes to tobacco licensing and smoke-free areas.

Regulatory Impact Statement submissions

Public Health Services called for submissions to a Regulatory Impact Assessment on proposed new laws on electronic cigarettes, tobacco licensing and smoking bans between 7 January and 30 January 2017.

Fifty-three submissions were received from retailers and retailer associations (9), industry (2), users (28), general public (6), vaping advocacy groups (2), health advocacy groups (4) and local government (1). Six submissions were labelled as confidential.

Many of these responses made comments outside the scope of the consultation.

All submissions were considered and a comprehensive approach to the new laws is being prepared by government for a Bill to go before parliament in coming months. These laws will:

  • discourage uptake of e-cigarettes by young people, adult non-smokers and ex-smokers
  • discourage renormalising smoking
  • protect people from possible harms from second-hand vapour
  • provide greater certainty for licensing retailers of tobacco and e-cigarettes
  • provide access to information to help government understand if the actions are working.

View the Regulatory Impact Statement submissions

Email tobacco.control@dhhs.tas.gov.au for more information.

April 2017