Govt backflips on mandatory GP scripts for e-cigarettes

A public backlash from Coalition MPs means the new import regime for nicotine-based e-cigarettes is being delayed

Greg Hunt has delayed a ban on importing nicotine-based e-cigarettes without a prescription until next year following a public revolt from coalition MPs.

Last week, the Federal Government announced new rules from 1 July would make it illegal to import e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine and nicotine-containing refills from overseas suppliers.

The only exception would be for patients who had secured a prescription from their doctor.

The crackdown, welcomed by doctors' groups, came in