Michael Johnsen MP’s campaign to make nicotine vaping liquid a consumer product in NSW
Posted on November 1, 2020
MICHAEL JOHNSEN, Member for the Upper Hunter in the NSW Parliament is putting public health ahead of politics and is campaigning to make nicotine for vaping available as a consumer product in NSW.
A heavy smokers of 40 years, he was increasingly frustrated at his addiction and the difficulty of staying smoke-free. However he has been smoke-free for over a year since he discovered vaping and feels fantastic.
He wants other smokers to have the same opportunity
His tells his story in this video (4 mins)
Pioneering legislation for NSW
Michael is currently drafting legislation to make nicotine a consumer product as a quitting aid for adult smokers in NSW. Under federal regulations, nicotine is classified as a “dangerous poison” in the Poisons Standard and requires a prescription to use legally. However, deadly tobacco cigarettes remain freely available.
Low concentrations of nicotine for vaping are relatively benign and should be classified as a consumer product as it is in all other western democracies. Each state can override the federal regulations and Michael Johnsen wants NSW to be the first state to do so.
Michael’s submission to the Senate Inquiry
In his submission to the Senate Inquiry, he argues that we should "make public access to these products simpler, not harder”.
These products should be made “as widely available as tobacco products – and without a prescription”
He also argues for appropriate controls to protect public safety, such as product standards, banning marketing to children, training of retailers and safe storage. ATHRA strongly agrees and has prepared a comprehensive Discussion Paper on the regulation of e-liquids for vaping in Australia.
Sign his petition
Michael has prepared a campaign website and a petition for NSW Parliament to change the laws to make nicotine a consumer product and to support a domestic vaping manufacturing industry in NSW. The petition is available here and we encourage all Australian vapers to sign it.
- Recognises the overwhelming evidence that vaping is a proven method for smoking cessation, and is far safer alternative to smoking cigarettes
- Aims to amend the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods (Poisons List) Proclamation 2016 to exclude nicotine from the Poisons List when used in the preparation of vaping and e-cigarette products
- Supports a domestic vaping manufacturing industry in NSW, ensuring products are produced and sold at the highest possible safety standards
- Revenue generated by the legalisation of vaping be directed to a new regional health fund
Michael is to be commended for his evidence-based approach to policy making and for having the courage to resist the anti-vaping narrative which dominates public health in Australia
We hope other states will follow his shining example, which is certain to save many lives.
Posted by Colin Mendelsohn, firstname.lastname@example.org