Advising e-cigarette regulations in Australia: the e-cigarette surveillance project

Emily Stockings, M. Powell, M. Pedersen, H. Townsend, R. Chen, A. Peacock, H. McRobbie, L. Degenhardt, M. Farrell

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Introduction: Electronic cigarettes are small, battery-powered handheld devices that simulate conventional tobacco smoking by heating a liquid (e-liquid) which is aerosolised and inhaled by the user. The rapid uptake of these devices in recent years has sparked concerns regarding their potential harms. Conversely, there is emerging evidence that e-cigarettes may help smokers quit. As a result, there has been uncertainty regarding how these devices should be regulated in Australia

Aims: This is a Department of Health funded project which aims to establish a 'surveillance system' for monitoring e-cigarette use and harms in Australia.

Methods: We established a series of protocols to triangulate information sources on e-cigarettes, including: conducting epidemiological reviews of the literature, compiling existing data sources where e-cigarette use is captured and developing novel web scraping methods to assess the social media and online retail landscape.

Results: Findings from this project are currently under embargo. This presentation will provide an overview of the e-cigarette regulatory context in Australia and the methods and key learnings from the project.

Implications: The findings from this project are currently being considered by the Department of Health and Therapeutic Goods Administration to advise e-cigarette regulations in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 2020 NDARC Annual Research Symposium
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event2020 NDARC Annual Research Symposium: Session Three: E-cigarettes and tobacco: Policy, trends and interventions - Online
Duration: 19 Nov 202019 Nov 2020


Conference2020 NDARC Annual Research Symposium
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