factasia SUBMISSION TO AUSTRALIA’S THERAPEUTIC GOODS ADMINISTRATION, September 2016
In August 2016, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration opened a four-week public consultation in response to a proposed amendment referred for scheduling advice for consideration by the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS).
The proposal from the New Nicotine Alliance called for TGA to exempt nicotine from Schedule 7 at concentrations of 3.6 per cent or less of nicotine for self-administration with an electronic nicotine delivery system (‘personal vaporiser’ or ‘electronic cigarette’) for the purpose of tobacco harm reduction.
This important advance would open the door for individual states to be able to legislate in favour of the use of e-cigarettes containing nicotine, which are currently illegal despite their proven popularity among smokers wanting to quit, and their known record of being at least 95 percent safer than smoking.
One of the many submissions came from factasia.org. Read the full document here (click to open PDF):