The Steamery in Beaconsfield. Before and after the product display ban
As of December 1, 2015, the display of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and accessories is banned in New South Wales. Similar regulations have also been introduced in Victoria.
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.
The reasoning behind these regulations, is that e-cigarettes and vaping supplies are classified as tobacco products, therefore, they share the same restrictions as cigarettes. Ironically though, vaping hardware products sold in Australia contain no tobacco, nor nicotine.
As far as e-liquids go, less than 2% of all flavours sold contain traces of tobacco.
I’ll speak more on vaping regulations in an upcoming post later this month.
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.
From The Table,
It’s all about the juice..