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Australian vapers know what they want.

They want to be able to vape like the residents of the United States.

A majority of adult Australians favor a reduction of government control of the vaping industry, according to the Australian Retail Association (ARA) poll.

Of 1,200 surveyed adults, 61 percent voted for the government lifting its ban on e-cigarettes and devices. The poll was conducted by the Crosby Textor Group.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman was quoted as saying Australia should adopt laws similar to the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and United Kingdom.

“More and more Australians are buying personal vaporizers with nicotine online from overseas, simply because they can’t buy them locally,” Zimmerman said Monday via press release. “The government needs to act so that responsible local retailers can compete on a level playing field and sell less harmful products for Australians trying to change their habits.”

The Australian government displays little tolerance to the vaping industry. While e-cigarettes are legal, nicotine-based refills remain illegal.

In February 2017, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) declined to forward a proposal made by a series of public health organizations, including the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), to remove nicotine concentrations of 3.6 percent and below from the Poisons Standard.

NNA’s Dr. Attila Dankno spoke up of for the masses.

“The TGA is essentially saying to the hundreds of thousands of Australians who have already quit smoking by using e-cigarettes: You quit the wrong way,” he said. “We are not going to let you do this. But you can go and buy a pack of smokes, no problem.”

Would-be Australian vapers, hoping to kick their nicotine habits, must venture through government red tape. First, they must get a prescription from a doctor and then locate one of the rare pharmacies that sell e-liquids.

It’s a hassle a majority of Australian adults want to avoid.

Will their government listen anytime soon?

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