Australia on Friday will start a full ban on e-cigarettes and vapes containing nicotine, becoming one of four countries around the globe with this kind of restriction. 30 more countries - mainly in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia - are already banning the sale of all e-cigarettes and vapes.
Companies like Juul have marketed e-cigarettes as products that could help smokers addicted to nicotine wean themselves off traditional cigarettes. But e-cigarette use among teenagers has undermined the message, leading to the countries clamping down on the product. According to the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at Johns Hopkins University, 60 more countries, including the U.S., Canada and most European countries are currently regulating e-cigarettes, most commonly restricting where and to whom they can be sold, where they can be used, what they can contain and how they can be marketed and packaged.