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Industry responds to Australia’s disposable vape import ban with cheap alternatives and encouraging illegal imports
  1. Coral E Gartner
  1. The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Coral E Gartner, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; c.gartner{at}

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Banning disposable vapes is a policy that is targeted at the vaping products that are most popular with young people who do not smoke. Disposable vapes also generate a large volume of plastic and hazardous waste that is not easy to recycle. Australia’s import ban on disposable vapes started 1 January 2024.1 While retailers are permitted to sell down their existing stock, it is apparent that some Australian suppliers have continued to import these products with 13 tonnes of disposable vapes recently seized by Australian Border Force.2 Continued imports despite the ban have been encouraged …

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  • Contributors CEG conceived and wrote the manuscript.

  • Funding CEG is funded by ARC Future fellowship FT220100186.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.