The British government, which previously endorsed vaping as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking, has gone a step further by making vapes a key component of their official anti-smoking strategy.
A recently released report, Towards a Smokefree Generation, acknowledges that ‘Stopping smoking is hard and many smokers are turning to e-cigarettes to help them in their attempts.
A high-profile American government agency has embraced the vape, with new public health strategies to minimise tobacco-related harms by promoting safer alternatives including vapes!
As the government Inquiry into legalising vaping in Australia continues, yet another federal senator has joined the long list of politicians endorsing vapes and e-cigarettes as a safer alternative and harm reduction solution for tobacco smoking.
Aussie and NZ psychiatrists endorse vaping!
The Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), the peak body for psychiatrists in our two countries, has endorsed nicotine vaping as a harm reduction strategy for carcinogenic tobacco, noting that it “will provide a safer way to deliver nicotine to those who are unable to stop smoking.”
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) updated their position statement this week, recognising the benefits of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction tool and advocating for smoker access to life-saving vape technology.
While the Canberra’s Inquiry into legalised vaping goes on, leading Western nations continue to step ahead by recognising the advice of public health experts worldwide – that vaping technology should be made available to tobacco smokers as a safer alternative and an effective smoking-cessation aid.
On Monday, Senators Leyonhjelm and Roberts introduced into the Commonwealth Senate a bill to legalise vaping in Australia!
THRNow and MyChoice Australia welcome the Australian Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee Inquiry into the ‘Use of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia’.
Earlier this week, Andrew Laming- Liberal MP for Bowman in Queensland, spoke out in Federal Parliament to support Senator David Leyonhjelm’s bill to legalise nicotine vaping by removing it from Schedule 7 of the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Australian Poisons Standard.
Laming joins Leyonhjelm and Senator Cory Bernardi amongst a growing number of elected representatives expressing support for the timely legalisation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems – life-saving technology which has been proven to provide smokers with a safer, non-carcinogenic alternative and way to quit their habit.
Tobacco Harm Reduction Now would like to thank Senator Cory Bernardi of the Australian Conservatives for speaking in support of legalised nicotine vaping.
Senator Bernardi spoke in Parliament last night, urging federal representatives and the Health Ministry to act now to put life-saving vape technology in the hands of Australia's smokers.
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