Policy position on electronic cigarettes

Cancer Council NSW supports a precautionary approach to the regulation of electronic cigarettes.

Cancer Council NSW supports the NSW Government’s regulation of the sale and use of e-cigarettes in a similar way to tobacco products. The following regulations apply in NSW:

  • The sale of e-cigarettes to children is banned
  • E-cigarette advertising and in-store promotions, including displays, are banned
  • The use of e-cigarettes in cars with minors under the age of 16 years is banned
  • Businesses wanting to sell e-cigarettes are required to register with the NSW Ministry of Health (from July 2018 onwards)
  • The use of e-cigarettes in indoor and outdoor areas where it is illegal to smoke tobacco products (e.g. in workplaces, on public transport, in restaurants, near children’s play equipment) is banned (from July 2018 onwards)

For more information about the regulations that apply to e-cigarettes in NSW, click here.

A survey of 1,001 NSW adults found strong community support for regulating e-cigarettes in these ways, with 73% agreeing that similar restrictions to cigarettes and tobacco products should apply to e-cigarettes. To read more about community support for e-cigarette regulation click here


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