Trans-Tasman Report Calls For Life-Saving Reforms To Help Smokers Quit

The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance is delighted to launch a new report into the use of vaping technologies to save lives! 

The report may be downloaded here:

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MEDIA RELEASE: Trans-Tasman Report Calls For Life-Saving Reforms To Help Smokers Quit

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON, November 9, 2016 - The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, MyChoice Australia and the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union today jointly launched a  report calling for the governments on both sides of the Tasman to legalise, and lightly regulate, new technologies to help smokers quit.

“The evidence is overwhelming: vaping technologies will save millions of lives” said Lara Jeffery, Director of MyChoice Australia.

“Millions of smokers worldwide have quit smoking because of this technology, and it is now the most popular way for smokers to quit in countries such as the United Kingdom. Public health experts worldwide have praised it as being 'at least 95%' safer than smoking. It is time for our regulations to catch up to the times and encourage this life saving technology” concluded Ms Jeffery.

“E-cigarettes provide a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes and mean smokers are not forced to be the Government’s cash cows” said Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. “While the New Zealand Government is well  head of Australia in terms of moves to legalise the technology, suggestions that it should be taxed like traditional cigarettes would undermine the very benefits the new technologies offer."

“These products offer the only real pathway to the Government’s aspiration of a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025. If Governments tax next-generation smoking technologies like they do traditional cigarettes, the Government will be effectively choosing the tax revenue over saving lives."

for more information please contact:

Lara Jeffrey (Australia) 0433 008 550 Jordan Williams (NZ): 021 762 542

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The Official Launch of the report shall be at 1pm, Wed 9th of November, Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House. All members of the media are invited to attend & a complimentary lunch shall be served. 

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is an independent and membership-driven activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power.

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is a grassroots activist organisation comprising over 25,000 members across Australia dedicated to standing up for the interests of taxpayers

 MyChoice Australia is an autonomous affiliate of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance focusing on regulatory issues

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