Legalisation of e-cig nicotine considered

The Therapeutic Goods Administration is seeking comments from interested parties on a proposal to exempt nicotine from the Schedule 7 dangerous poisons list, at concentrations of 3.6 per cent or less of nicotine for self administration with an e-cigarette or personal vaporiser.

Scheduling is a national classification system that controls how medicines and poisons are made available to the public.

A member of the public has submitted an application to exempt nicotine from the Poisons Standard when delivered by electronic nicotine delivery systems if below a certain concentration of nicotine.

E-cigarette devices are legal in Australia, but the sale and possession of the nicotine used in them is illegal.

Interested parties can submit their comments by visiting the TGA website.