Health advocates say it’s time the Territory Government tightened up its smoking laws to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to children.

The Heart Foundation NT and Cancer Council NT joined forces today on World No Tobacco Day to call for tougher regulations on e-cigarettes as they become increasingly popular in the Northern Territory, but are not covered by the smoking laws which protect the NT community.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that do not burn tobacco but turn nicotine or fruit flavours into vapour that is inhaled and exhaled, they are mostly fashioned to look like a cigarette.

Heart Foundation NT CEO Simon Dixon said under the current laws it was legal to sell e-cigarettes to children.

“We would like to see the NT Government remedy this loophole,” he said.

Extracted in full from Perth Now.