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Urgent Call to Action Now: Victorian Anti-Vaping Bill

Call to Action: Victorian Tobacco Amendment Bill

On June 8th the Victorian Government will be voting on the Tobacco Amendment Bill, which will regulate e-cigarettes the same way as tobacco products. Vendors will not be able to display their products or offer juice tasting in-house, and users will not be able to vape in smoke-free zones. Vape Meets at pubs and clubs will be banned.

These restrictions will cripple the retail vaping industry, discourage smokers from switching to e-cigarettes and force vapers into smoking areas in public places. It sends a strong message that vaping is just as bad as smoking. In future, as even more severe restrictions are placed on smoking, vaping will be included.

This Bill was introduced without any public consultation.

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Press Release: NNA Calls for Consultation - Victorian Tobacco Bill

PRESS RELEASE 24th May 2016

Victorian Government Tobacco Amendment Bill requires consultation, amendment and balance.

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/tough-new-regulations-to-protect-kids-from-e-cigarettes/

The New Nicotine Alliance Australia is a group formed by Australian consumers of reduced risk nicotine products such as electronic cigarettes, and receives no funding from the tobacco, pharmaceutical or e-cigarette industries.

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The NNA Responds to the Victorian Tobacco Amendment Bill

Without any community consultation the Victorian Government is set to enact the Tobacco Amendment Bill which will regulate e-cigarettes the same way as tobacco products. The proposed amendments are detailed here: Tough New Regulations To Protect Kids From E-Cigarettes

The following statement from the NNA (AU) has been sent to all Victorian Parliamentarians in response to the excessive new regulations:

"To the Honorable Member, 

Victorian Government Tobacco Amendment Bill requires consultation, amendment and balance

The New Nicotine Alliance (AU) is a group formed by Australian consumers of reduced risk nicotine products such as electronic cigarettes, and receives no funding from the tobacco, pharmaceutical or e-cigarette industries. 

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Economics References Committee - Interim Report

The Australian Senate Economic References Committee has released its interim report concerning the sale and use of tobacco, tobacco products, nicotine products and e-cigarettes (term of reference a). It has found that nicotine should be made available by medical prescription.

This is not good news for smokers in Australia. If these recommendations are followed through with regulation only tobacco companies or pharmaceutical companies would be able to meet the costs incurred by the approval process with the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

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UK Royal College of Physicians Recommends Wide Promotion of E-cigarettes. Australia Falls Further Behind.

The New Nicotine Alliance Australia welcomes the groundbreaking report from the UK Royal College of Physicians on the safety and public health benefits of nicotine electronic cigarettes, currently banned in Australia. This extensively researched paper by leading international experts collects all the latest evidence on e-cigarettes, and unreservedly calls for all smokers to switch to vaping as a far safer option with less than 5% of the harm of traditional cigarettes. These findings directly contradict the stance taken by Australia's leading medical and public health organisations.

The Royal College of Physicians has found that the "provision of the nicotine that smokers are addicted to without the harmful components of tobacco smoke can prevent most of the harm from smoking."

In stark contrast The Royal Australasian College of Physicians warns that widespread use of e-cigarettes may inadvertently re-normalise and re-glamorise smoking behaviour and once again promote a culture of smoking, while their British counterparts state that there is no evidence of this happening in the UK, where vaping is far more prevalent.

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The New Nicotine Alliance Attends the Australian Senate Hearing on Personal Choice and Community Impacts

 

On Wednesday, 9th March 2016 the Economic References Committee Senate Hearing on Personal Choice and Community Impacts was held in Sydney, NSW. The hearing was chaired by Senator David Leyonhjelm and also attended by Senator Chris Ketter.

NNA [AU] Board Members Dr Attila Danko, Donna Darvill and Jenny Stone and two of our Associates, Judith Wolters and Angela Gordon, testified at the Hearing with Dr Alex Wodak also speaking in support of the NNA.

 

 

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