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SA looks to restrict e-cigarettes

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016

Electronic cigarettes will be subject to the same restrictions as tobacco products under new laws proposed by the South Australian government.

Under current provisions the devices can legally be sold to children and used in places where ordinary cigarettes cannot.

But Substance Abuse Minister Leesa Vlahos says the changes will bring them into line with conventional cigarettes, banning the sale to children, their use in enclosed public spaces and preventing any advertising or promotion.

Queensland, NSW and the ACT have already introduced restrictions on e-cigarettes and Victoria will do the same from August next year.

The proposed restrictions in South Australia will go out to public consultation in the new year before being legislated.

"With easy access to e-cigarettes, there is the strong potential for increased use amongst young people," Ms Vlahos said.

"While research into the health impacts is still underway, I am confident that the regulation of these devices will reduce any wider public health impact."

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