The Steamery in Beaconsfield. Before and after the product display ban
As of December 1, 2015, the display of electronic cigarettes and accessories is banned in New South Wales. Similar regulations have been introduced around Australia.
Although the ban was officially introduced on the above date, it was not enforced until late last year and as far as I’m aware, most retail outlets have conformed. Details on this ban can be viewed at the NSW Gov Health website.
e-liquids have also come under fire, as vaping vendors are no longer permitted to display or offer free samples; they must impose a fee for testing flavours. The Steamery charges 50 cents but this covers multiple flavours.
Irrespective of the display ban, staff are permitted to show a device or e-liquid to a customer and allow him or her to test the product.
Below pics illustrate how the tasting bar was set up prior to the ban, and how a tablet styled app can now be used to select various flavours for testing.
Why regulate vaping products?
The reasoning behind these regulations is that e-cigarettes and vaping supplies are classified as tobacco products, therefore, the same retail restrictions and regulatory measures apply. Ironically though, vaping hardware products contain no tobacco, nor nicotine.
As far as e-liquids go, less than 5% of all flavours sold domestically contain traces of real tobacco, as most are comprised of artificial flavours; no e-liquids in Australia contain nicotine. So, why are they regulated this way? This is the 64 dollar question.
“I’ll speak more on vaping regulations at a later date.
On a positive note, these regulatory measures have done little to stop the growing flow of traffic at vape shops like The Steamery. There are still a lot of current smokers wishing to take advantage of a proven healthier alternative.