Sky News host Alan Jones says the idea vaping could become illegal without a prescription under the grounds it may be defined as a drug of abuse is an appalling justification on the government’s part.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Wednesday will hand down a draft of guidelines in relation to vaping nicotine liquid, it is expected the federal Coalition will classify vaping as a drug of abuse.

This would mean vaping nicotine liquid will be illegal without a prescription and those who are found in possession without a prescription would be prosecuted.

“Whatever you might think of vaping, I find that kind of justification appalling,” Mr Jones said.

“The loser in this is the vaper who will return to being a smoker.

“The winner is the government, which makes far more money from smokers than tobacco companies.”

Mr Jones spoke with Emeritus Professor Ross Fitzgerald about the issue.

“The evidence strongly suggests that actually – up to now – the most successful way to stop people smoking cigarettes is vaping,” Professor Fitzgerald said.

“Why should we move along the path of prohibition when there’s clear evidence that vaping is much less harmful than cigarettes and helps a lot of people stop smoking.”

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