The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA), in conjunction with MyChoice Australia (MC), today released a detailed joint submission to the House of Representative Committee for Health, Aged Care, and Sport calling on the Federal government to legalise Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), as proven safer alternatives to carcinogenic cigarettes. The ATA and MC are grassroots, non-partisan public advocacy groups fighting for individual freedom, public health and consumer choice.
“Millions have quit smoking with the aid of ENDS and it is time our government caught up with the rest of the world”, said Satyajeet Marar, Director of MyChoice Australia. “Vapourised nicotine satiates smoker cravings without the tar and toxins produced when tobacco combusts. International experts including the UK Royal College of Physicians concur that it is at least 95% safer than smoking and that smokers ought to be encouraged to switch."
“Evidence overwhelmingly shows that vapes are taken up almost exclusively by existing smokers and provide a gateway ‘away’ from smoking rather than re-normalising it. They pose no significant health risk to passive smokers and no study since the technology’s introduction has found any material health risk to users. It is therefore unconscionable for this life-saving technology to be kept out of smokers’ hands while tobacco-based cigarettes proven to cause fatal illnesses remain legal and widely sold."
“Australia’s rates of smoking cessation have plateaued in recent years despite hikes in tobacco excise and hard-line government policies such as plain packaging, yet the UK and USA, where vaping is legal, have experienced a three-fold increase in their rate of smoking cessation."
“Smoking-related illnesses disproportionately hurt our country’s poorest and cost our public health sector hundreds of millions annually. Cold turkey quitting will always be the most desirable way to give up smoking, but not everyone can and most smokers will not quit within their lifetime. The Australian government has a moral imperative to follow the advice of international public health experts by putting innovative harm-reduction technology in the hands of our smokers. We commend the government for their inquiry into this timely and important issue and urge them to act now to save smokers’ lives.”
The submission can be downloaded here.
Satyajeet Marar is the Director of MyChoice Australia