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Laws intended to crack down on the sale of vapes may have inadvertently bolstered the black market as vendors exploit a loophole in the current legislation to import e-cigarettes into Australia.

The regulation, introduced in response to growing concern over the health impact and prevalence of vapes, is also failing to prevent people from ordering nicotine and vape products containing nicotine and prescriptions for the highly addictive substance can be purchased online.

University of Sydney vaping expert Dr Jody Moller said the word 'nicotine' had disappeared from the packaging of e-cigarettes over the past few months after the new laws came into force.