MELBOURNE: Australia could become the first major nation to outlaw smoking. A federal government-funded trial is about to test the viability of electronic cigarettes as a permanent replacement for tobacco.
Medical experts, cancer groups and anti-smoking lobbyists battled for decades to rid cigarettes from public spaces.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that simulate the effects of smoking by heating a nicotine liquid into vapour. As part of its anti-smoking reform agenda ,the previous Labor government committed over $1 million to a pioneering study that, by 2015, will determine whether or note-cigarettes could be utilised to phase out traditional cigarettes.