Buying e-cigarettes through any means other than a face-to-face transaction is set to become impossible as South Australia introduces the tightest regulations in the nation.
The major parties have banded together to make us the first State to ban sales online or by mail, phone, email and even fax.
The amendments to the Tobacco Products Regulation Act will be finalised next month, with in-store vaping and taste-testing also set to be ruled out.
Naturally, not everyone is thrilled by the news with Australian Vaping Advocacy Trade and Research chairman, Savvas Dimitriou, claiming the ban will damage our economy and the health of smokers who were encouraged to switch to vaping.
“We have been demanding responsible regulation of this industry for years... and they are throwing it back in our faces by killing off one of the largest contributors to the state’s economy,” Mr Dimitriou told The Australian.
“South Australia holds the highest concentration of vape shops with about 80 vendors. Some of Australia’s largest vape shops are based in South Australia and operate on a local, national and international scale.
“This is a disastrous move. Businesses are actioning exit plans as we speak as a result of this unscientific, poorly written and ultimately misguided legislation.
“This marks the death of an industry in South Australia and the lives of thousands of smokers.”
Others argue the new legislation will minimise the risk of children obtaining the products.
What do you think of the changes? Let us know in our Facebook comments.
Download the Hit app here and stay up to date on all things Hit Network.