Among English-speaking and most other western countries, Australia’s prohibition of nicotine-based vaping products is an outlier. The United States, United Kingdom, European Union countries, Canada, and New Zealand all allow nicotine in e-liquid and closed-system vapes with nicotine.
Now the Liberal Party, which holds a majority in the nation’s parliament, is showing signs of reversing its opposition to vaping, which could portend an end to the country’s ban on nicotine (except in cigarettes and pharmaceutical cessation products).
Greg Hunt, the health minister who once said that nicotine vaping would never be legalized “on my watch,” has been pressured by other party members into allowing independent research on the health evidence on vaping. According to The Guardian, several MP’s pushed for the inquiry, saying there is widespread support for legalizing the products.