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  • Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Ban on vaping

  • The City of Melbourne has is proposing to ban e-cigarettes and vaping after an attempt to synchronise the city’s local laws with Victorian tobacco laws.  

    “E-cigarettes are relatively new, but we know that there is a possible link to serious lung disease and growing evidence that e-cigarettes can lead young people to start smoking regular cigarettes,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said last month.

    Cr Capp said it was “concerning” to see that 20 per cent of students between the ages of 16 and 17 had experimented with vaping.

  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Fiona supports e-cigarettes as a form of tobacco harm reduction

  • Fiona Patten MP Leader of Reason Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Parliament of Victoria

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Vaping is a gateway OUT OF smoking for young people

  • VAPING is likely to be diverting young people from smoking, rather than being a gateway to the deadly habit, according to new research. There is also scant evidence of a so-called “youth vaping epidemic”.

    These were the findings in a new review published [...] by Australian academics Colin Mendelsohn and Wayne Hall.

    The research debunks one of the major arguments used to justify Australia's ban on nicotine vaping products: that vaping is a gateway to regular smoking for young people who would otherwise not have smoked cigarettes

    Although teen vaping is associated with later trying smoking, this does not prove that vaping has CAUSED the smoking.

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • More consistency needed in application of harm reduction principles in Australia

  • Frost & Sullivan’s latest thought leadership white paper, Harm Reduction in an Australian Context, highlights the history of harm reduction and its application across various behaviours and products, including tobacco. The use of harm reduction principles in public health policy in Australia is also discussed, along with the current status of tobacco harm reduction policies. "Smoke-free nicotine products (SFNPs) can potentially have a significant impact in areas where smoking rates are relatively high and there is a lack of resources to support existing smokers, such as the Northern Territory,” explained Mark Dougan, [...]

  • Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Government launches border crackdown on illegal vaping imports

  • A crackdown is coming on Australians who illegally import nicotine vaping products online, in a move set to reignite debate over whether e-cigarettes are helpful for smokers who need help to quit.
    Despite laws prohibiting the importation of nicotine vape liquids - except under a little-used scheme that requires a prescription - there has until now been little obstacle to buying it online, with thousands of vapers - including those aged under 18 - importing it without obstruction.


  • Thursday, February 27, 2020
  • COMMENT: Why the time to legalise vaping isn't now

  • Cancer Council Tasmania is an organisation that provides information supported by evidence. It was disappointing to read Senator Eric Abetz's view that it makes good sense to wean smokers onto vaping (The Examiner, February 25). There is no evidence to support his claims. The short and long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are currently being researched. It took many years for the harms of tobacco smoking to be understood, so why are we rushing in to support the legalisation of vaping when there is insufficient evidence on understanding the impacts and harms, or not, of vaping.