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New Laws Mandate Graphic Warnings on Vapes in Australia

New Australian regulations will compel vaping companies to apply graphic health warnings on e-cigarette products. Passed in parliament on Thursday, the laws also restrict vape naming conventions and advertising to deter youth adoption.

Health Minister Mark Butler said updating decades-old smoking legislation would prevent another generation from addiction harms: "We can't stand by while big tobacco lures people into suffering enormous health, economic and social consequences."

With around 20% of 18-24-year olds and 14% of teens vaping, authorities are acting to curb rising e-cigarette usage. The laws coincide with an import ban on single-use devices beginning January 2023.

Graphic Packaging Show Smoking's True Impacts

All cigarette and vape packaging will now feature pictorial warnings graphically depicting smoking risks like mouth cancer or lung disease. Cigarette sticks and filters will also be standardized in appearance.

By mandating the visual display of health consequences across tobacco categories, policymakers aim to prevent youth trial and addiction. The graphic warnings will expose minors to the realities instead of misleading glamorization.

Doctors can still prescribe vapes for smoking cessation purposes. However, those sold commercially must adhere to therapeutic goods administration standards or face supply restrictions from March 2023.

Public Health Groups Welcome New Protections

Public Health Association of Australia CEO Terry Slevin explained the graphic packaging measures coupled with tightened vape regulations would save tens of thousands of lives. "It is excellent news for children and future generations," he said.

With smoking rates rising among youth cohorts seduced by sweet flavors and discreet vaping devices, activists said the laws were vital to protect public health. They reestablish Australia's strong track record resisting tobacco industry tactics.

By deterring youth vaping, long-term smoking rates nationally can decrease below 10% by 2025 as targeted under existing goals. Consistent evidence links adolescent e-cigarette use with later cigarette adoption.

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