A state in Australia has banned alcohol vaporisers. New South Wales yesterday outlawed the machines that allow people to inhale alcohol vapour.

The state's Gaming Minister Grant McBride said the machine, which mixes a shot of an alcoholic spirit with oxygen, creating a cloudy vapour that can be inhaled through the mouth or nose, sends an irresponsible message about alcohol consumption.

"These kinds of fad products pose serious threats to the community," McBride said in a statement. "Inhalation or snorting of alcohol is basically synonymous with drug use and that kind of practice should not be encouraged."