A recent crackdown on vaping products in the ACT found two out of every three products contained dangerous and prohibited ingredients.

A large number of the products were also removed from three Canberra businesses in October, as part of a joint operation between ACT Health and the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Samples from the seized products found all of them contained nicotine, despite only one third being labelled as such.

The TGA said two thirds of seized products in the ACT were also found to contain at least one of eight illegal ingredients known to pose health risks.

“Including the flavouring agent diacetyl, which when inhaled can cause irreversible lung damage.”

Since 1 October of this year, Nicotine vaping products in Australia have been prescription only, meaning it’s illegal for retailers other than pharmacies to sell nicotine vaping products, even if the consumer has a valid doctor’s prescription.

“These measures help prevent the uptake of electronic cigarettes by young people, while permitting adult smokers in conjunction with their medical practitioner to use them to assist with smoking cessation where appropriate.”


The TGA and ACT Health’s crackdown operation remain ongoing.

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