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Western Australia Sets Worrying Precedent


Australian Vapers have this week received the unwelcome news that their electronic cigarettes may soon be outlawed as the state of Western Australia brought up charger against an e-cig brand. Western Australia’s health department has charge Heavenly Vapours with breeching a ruling that forbids products that mimic cigarettes.

This move could see a precedent set amongst other states in the country that currently have similar rulings against cigarette mimicry. The law outlawing such products had been brought in to safeguard against somewhat arbitrary items such as candy cigarettes. Applying the law to electronic cigarettes which many believe bring positive ramifications, seems a big step away from the original intent of the law.

The judge has ruled that the ruling applies to all electronic cigarette and vaping devices regardless of what they look like. Even unique and original products such as the TECC T-Cross would be considered to be mimicking a cigarette.

The brand in question is based in Australia and had been trading for several years before this judgement. A company director revealed that officials from the health department arrived on the company’s doorstep for the intervention.

“We suddenly got raided by the Health Department. They arrived at my house in 3 black SUVs and proceeded to execute a search warrant. They searched through my house and proceeded to load all of the hardware I had into several black garbage bags. They also took photos etc.”

So whilst we think we have had it tough up here with EU interventions and nonsense medical reports being reported with the vim and vigour of complete truths, spare a thought for the vapers in Australia who may soon face a complete e cig blackout.

23rd April 2014, 15:54