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Government Intervention - Australia Bans Imported Disposable Vapes

Graham Watson

28th November 2023

Australia is banning the import of disposable vapes among a range of measures to tackle a perceived rise in vaping among young people. The other measures include stopping single-use vapes from being made, advertised, and supplied in the country. This is despite the fact that you already need a doctor's prescription to buy vapes in Australia.

Is this good economics though? There seem to a be a lot of costs associated with all of these moves, and what's the evidence on whether or not vaping is better than smoking? And given the preponderance of vaping, won't a shadow market for vapes simply emerge?

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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