New research published in the journal Tobacco Control found that the e-cigarette tax in Australia is equivalent to 2.5 cigarettes per pack.
This is less than half the current tax in other countries including the United Kingdom and the United States.
What are e-cigs?
E-cigarettes are portable electronic devices that can deliver nicotine vapour to the user.
They are typically used for smoking cessation, but also can be used to smoke recreational cigarettes.
What do the researchers say?
The researchers say the new research suggests the use of e-juice could be a good alternative to traditional cigarettes.
Dr Jana F. Stuckey, a senior research fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education, said e-cig use was increasing across the country.
“This suggests that e-Cigs are not only being used as a smoking cessation aid but may also be more than just a replacement for traditional cigarettes,” Dr Stucking said.
The researchers also found that people were not using e-liquids as a replacement to traditional tobacco products, but were instead using them to smoke cigarettes.
“E-cigarette use is much less common than cigarette use, and it may be that e