A business push for legalising vaping products which use nicotine has won no sympathy from Tasmania’s big political parties.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the Liberal state government had introduced tighter measures around the use, promotion and sale of e-cigarettes.
“That’s because full scientific research into the chemical compound currently used has not been completed and e-cigarettes are not supported by the World Health Organisation as a cessation device to smoking,” Mr Rockliff said.
“The commonwealth government has also sought to ban e-cigarettes with nicotine from January 1, 2021, as e-cigarettes have already been banned in a number of other countries.”
Mr Rockliff said the government’s Healthy Tasmania five-year strategic plan had quitting smoking as one of its four key priorities and “with more than 500 Tasmanians dying each year, anything we can do to prevent and discourage the take-up of smoking or e-cigarettes, we will seek to work towards.”
Labor’s Shadow Health Minister, Sarah Lovell, said e-cigarettes were still a relatively new product.
“They should not be encouraged as recreational product, so must be subject to strong regulation around sale and availability,” Ms Lovell said.
“There needs to be a national approach to ensure consistency around regulation, access and education.”
- Lower costs and a less unhealthy alternative for smokers;
- lower costs for the health system;
- much of the money now spent overseas by Australian vapers being spent in Tasmania; and
- vape businesses relocating to Tasmania, creating jobs.