The recent advent of vaping across the world has created a movement embracing e-cigarettes with fervor, as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, Australia’s government doesn’t seem to be going with the flow, and have been taking heat for it.
Now, it’s worth noting that vape shops in the land down under are under stricter regulations compared to regular cigarette shops, so much so that you can’t even see vape shop signs in Sydney, as regulation forbids openly displaying vaping paraphernalia and, as a result vape shop signs in Sydney are a no-go.
Researcher and scientists have been looking into vaping, and one of the more recent ones, a research done by UK health experts regarding this new alternative to smoking showed that it had potential to save lives. According to the data, e-cigarettes have the potential to save around half a million Aussies. Now, of course, as a human being, we want to see the leaders of the world working to save as many lives as they can. The Cancer Research UK even encourages smokers to switch to vaping.
Whilst there have been some news suggesting that vaping while driving will cost UK drivers their licences, it’s not about vaping, not really. The UK’s Department of Transport said that this wasn’t about vaping, but about drivers following road rules; exercising proper vehicle control and avoiding any distractions, such as vaping, eating, drinking, and, of course, texting.
Which is why the Aussie government is taking a lot of heat for not allowing vapers to buy the refills for their vaping devices, in spite of making the purchase of vapers legal in Australia. Several public health activists did not like this, as you can expect. The New Nicotine Alliance, one of such activists, described the situation as the Aussie government pretty much saying: “You can’t vape, that’s dangerous. But you can smoke, sure.”
In order for an Aussie to get a vaper, they first have to get a doctor’s prescription, then find a vape store, like Sydney’s The Steamery, which is easier said than done since there are no vapery signs amidst the many shop signs in Sydney and Australia.
Those concerned about the issue have expressed disappointment, saying how many Aussies could die to smoking, due to worries about the safer alternative. They admit that vaping isn’t perfect, but considering the alternative…