Australia’s ban on nicotine-based vapes has been exposed as a ‘laughing stock’ as drivers cash in by selling e-cigarettes in blinged-up cars.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal how ride share drivers have been exploiting services like Uber to make a quick buck out of passengers – in some cases making $50 per stick.
Images taken from inside vehicles in Sydney and show ads for e-cigarettes openly displayed in the back of vehicles next to Covid QR codes, with drivers opening glove boxes to show dozens of vapes of all different strengths, flavours and puff counts.
and accounts have also been set up calling themselves ‘UberVapes’, offering customers ‘free delivery’ for the purchase of illegal devices.
A black market for vapes and e-cigarettes took off after the federal government announced in October it was banning the importation and sale of nicotine-based vapes over concerns about the chemicals used in the products.
Since October 1 a prescription from a GP has been required to legally import and purchase e-cigarettes.
The decision was widely scrutinised at the time, with experts suggesting it will do little to stop the extensive use of vapes in Australia.
Theo Foukkare, the CEO of the Australian Association of Convenience Stores (AACC), said the government policy had become a ‘laughing stock’ with the banned items now easily available for sale in Ubers and online.
An Uber driver displays a catalogue of illegal vapes for sale next to a Covid QR check-in code
A TikTok account advertises for free delivery of illegal vapes throughout Sydney