Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the Public Health (Tobacco) Amendment (E-cigarettes) Bill 2015 was an important step to ensure children and young people did not fall into the potential trap of nicotine addiction and tobacco smoking.
“What we are seeing in other countries is a sharp rise in the use of e-cigarettes by children and young people," Mrs Skinner said.
“There is no conclusive evidence that e-cigarettes help people to quit smoking but there is concern that e-cigarettes pose potential risks to children, which is why the Bill we introduce today is so important.”
E-cigarettes sometimes contain nicotine without nicotine being declared on the label.
Penalties would apply of $11,000 for an individual selling an e–cigarette product to a person under 18 years of age and $55,000 for a corporation. Higher penalties of $55,000 for an individual and $110,000 for a corporation would be set for repeat offences.