Call for regulation of electronic cigarettes

Also known as e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), the products simulate cigarette smoking by heating a nicotine solution encased in a battery-powered cigarette-like stick, to produce a vapour.

The TGA has not been approached to evaluate any e-cigarettes, which are currently banned in Australia. In Western Australia and South Australia, devices without nicotine are also prohibited.

However, research shows about one in 10 Australian smokers that were aware of e-cigarettes had tried them.