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    Australian body warns Sunak of black market over disposable vape ban

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    Prime minister Rishi Sunak has been warned that disposable vape ban will do more harm than good as “prohibition has never worked” and to “learn from the Australian Government’s mistakes”.

    Sunak have been warned that black market has exploded in Australia since its government introduced a series of new measures.

    Theo Foukkare is CEO of the Australian Association of Convenience Stores, said, “Australia’s ban looks good on paper but you only have to take a walk down any shopping strip, past a bus stop or the local pub and you’ll see a bunch of people sucking on illegal disposable vapes that they’ve clearly bought from the black market.

    “A disposable ban, or any other ban, will only result in pushing up costs, people will end up buying unregulated and poorly manufactured cheap vapes on the black market.

    “The black market in Australia will continue to boom unless the Australian Government moves to regulate the sale of strictly manufactured-to-code vapes to people aged 18 and over, just like they do with alcohol and tobacco.

    “The black market for vapes in Australia is now worth an estimated $4 – $5billion per annum, plus over $5billion per annum in illegal tobacco

    “[Rishi Sunak should] learn from the Australian Government’s mistakes. Prohibition has never worked and is pushing Australians right into the arms of the black market,” Daily Express quoted Foukkare as saying.

    Recent reports also estimated that more than 90 per cent of vapes in Australia are from the illicit market.

    In the UK, it is estimated that 4.5 million people vape – 8.7 per cent of the population.

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