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NSW premier admits to the 'occasional' vape



NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has admitted to vaping in a radio interview.

Perrottet told 2Day FM's Hughesy, Ed & Erin he has the "occasional one", with his favourite flavour being "mixed fruit".

"Well, you can get a prescription for vapes and we want to make sure it's done in the right way," he said.

READ MORE: Why do doctors want to crack down on vaping laws?

The premier was asked if he moved away from smoking cigarettes.

"Yes, I did," he replied.

"And that's the challenge for kids as well, we don't want to encourage them to get into vaping."

Perrottet's admission comes as doctors push for tighter restrictions on vaping laws around the country.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is one of a number of organisations urging the federal government to ban personal importation, tighten nicotine limits and protect children from predatory advertising and product design.

They're also pushing for plain packaging laws and a plan to fight back against illegal advertising, promotion and sales.

Those calling for tougher regulation point to the growing number of young people taking up vaping and the widespread availability of black market nicotine-based vapes as major problems with the current framework.

Conversely, this booming black market — along with reported benefits for those trying to quit smoking and inconsistencies with tobacco laws — is also the major argument those in favour of looser regulations use to boost their case.

The NSW election is on March 25.

READ MORE: Children's health at risk from vapes, expert warns

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