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Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Vaping Reforms) Bill 2024

10 Apr 2024

With the rise in popularity and accessibility of vaping and e-cigarettes, particularly among children and young people, it is timely and appropriate to ensure that legislation and policy remain fit for purpose and indeed are strengthened further to combat and reduce the clear risks and damaging impact of tobacco on our community and future generations. [...] While the stated focus of the Bill is to prohibit the importation, domestic manufacture, supply, commercial possession and advertisement of non-therapeutic and disposable vaping goods, the ANMF wishes to take the opportunity to remind the Committee that evidence regarding the effectiveness and safety of vaping as a smoking cessation therapy is neither consistent nor equivocal and that current guid. [...] Here, the ANMF would wish to see ongoing investigation and oversight to ensure that as new evidence emerges, Australia’s legislative and regulatory landscape regarding vaping as a potential but currently relatively poorly understood component of a broader smoking cessation strategy is updated and evolves to maintain and promote the health and safety of the community. [...] 3 As with the use and misuse of other substances and drugs, not all members of the community are equally impacted by the risks and harmful impacts of tobacco use. [...] Combined use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs has a compounding negative impact on the health of users and other community members and also contributes to the economic and social burden of disease and increased healthcare costs.


Kristy Male

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