In Australia, vape use is limited to those with a doctor’s prescription to quit smoking, and the cost of getting a rechargeable vape from a doctor can be estimated to be as high as $150, according to a recent report in the Journal of Lung Health.

New government data predicts Australia’s implementation of strict vape regulations will result in around one million additional doctor’s visits, with half of Australians seeking a prescription for nicotine vapes each year. And that’s happening at a time when low insurance reimbursement rates, high medical costs and a national physician shortage make seeking care difficult.

Analysis suggests that if the new regulatory regime is too cumbersome, young people may turn to traditional tobacco. Currently, approximately 1.3 million adults in Australia use vapes, but only 8% of users have a prescription.

The government report also warned that high prices for prescription vapes could increase the risk of black market sales. However, the analysis supports the government’s reform measures – strict regulation is considered the best way to reduce the rate of vape use among young Australians.

Australian Medical Association vice-president Ms Danielle McMullen told The Project the medical industry was “ready to help” those with nicotine addiction. She said while dealing with addicted and regular vape users may be problematic in the short term, health services are prepared to help these people cope with nicotine addiction and discuss options for reducing smoking or vape use.

While there are concerns that the new regulations will put pressure on an already stretched health system, McMullen added that “dealing with substance use issues is fundamental work for general practitioners”. She said: “We restrict the import of disposable vapes. This is our best way to reduce the harm to young people and ensure that they are not exposed to these harmful products.”

“We very much hope that this will change the lifelong habit of nicotine addiction for the next generation,” McMullen said.

For Veehoo vapes, this policy may have a direct impact on its sales and development in the Australian market. Under the new policy, vape use will be limited to those with a doctor’s prescription to quit smoking, and obtaining a rechargeable vape could cost up to $150. This could lead to an increase in the price of vapes, limiting consumer choice.

Despite the difficulties, Veehoo vapes can cope with the challenges posed by the new policy through cooperation with relevant industries. Australian Medical Association vice-president Ms Danielle McMullen said the medical industry was ready to help those with nicotine addiction. While healthcare systems may face problems dealing with addiction and vaping, the medical sector is prepared to provide support and discuss options for reducing smoking or vaping.

For Veehoo vapes, they can provide consumers with more smoking cessation auxiliary services and support by establishing partnerships with relevant industries. They can work with doctors and smoking cessation experts to promote the correct way to use rechargeable vapes and provide relevant health education and resources.

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