Legalise Vaping Australia’s campaign director, Brian Marlow, argues that treating e-cigarettes as tobacco products could put smokers lives at risk, via NT News.
NEW laws that regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products will put the lives of Territorians at risk, according to fired-up vaping advocates.
During sittings this week, the Territory Parliament is expected to debate the new Tobacco Control Amendment Bill 2018 for the first time.
Brian Marlow, the campaign manager for Legalise Vaping Australia, said the Bill will probably see e-cigarettes treated as a tobacco product.
He said it could put smokers' lives at risk by making "proven safer alternatives" harder to access. "Vapes are proven to be at least 95 per cent less harmful than tobacco smoking and are recommended as a quit smoking aid and harm minimisation tool by health agencies in the UK, where smoking prevalence has fallen sharply in recent years," Mr Marlow said.
"It is disappointing that the NT Government has chosen to ignore international best practice in public health despite being home to the country's highest smoking rates." The Territory has the highest rate of daily smokers (19.6 per cent, or about one in five) compared with one in 10 (10.6 per cent) in the ACT.
Mr Marlow said the Territory's law change would only benefit large, multinational tobacco companies while subjecting more Territorians to the risk of cancer and premature death."The NT Government claims that vaping could re-normalise smoking, yet adult and teenage smoking prevalence in the USA and UK, where vapes are widely available, are in free-fall and a vast majority of those taking up vapes are smokers trying to quit," he said.
"Over 6.1 million smokers in the EU, 3.2 million in the US and 2.8 million in England, have quit smoking by switching to vapes. Switching completely delivers health benefits including reduced blood pressure, better lung function and fewer respiratory infections. Why should Territorian smokers trying to improve their health be denied the same rights afforded to those in other countries?"