ATHRA Supporter newsletter October 2020 v2

    Reducing the harm from smoking

    ATHRA supporter newsletter

    October 2020

    Urgent request to save vaping in Australia

    If you are an Australian vaper, this email is probably the most important one we will ever send you. It is vital that you write a personal submission to the Senate Inquiry into Tobacco Harm Reduction by 5 November 2020.

    The Inquiry has specifically requested personal stories from vapers. Please write a brief outline of your own struggle to quit (1-2 pages), how vaping has helped you and why you are opposed to the new regulations. Examples of submissions can be found on the Inquiry website here.

    The Committee needs to know that vaping is a genuine lifesaving aid to quit smoking that has worked for hundreds of thousands of Australian smokers. The more submissions received, the greater the impact.

    You could also ask your family or friends to make a submission showing their support for vaping and the resulting benefits they have seen for you.

    You don’t need to review the scientific evidence or comment on technical matters. ATHRA and other organisations can do that.

    If Greg Hunt’s regulations are passed, you will no longer be able to import your own nicotine liquid. You will have to find a doctor who will write a prescription and a pharmacist who stocks it.

    Vaping will cost more, the product range will dramatically reduce and the vaping industry will be decimated. Essentially this will be a disaster.

    What to write

    Your story should be no more than 1 or 2 pages and include some or all of the following information:

    Who are you? Age, occupation/pension, marital status, children, suburb/state

    Smoking history. Age started smoking, cigarettes per day, cost of smoking

    Did you have any smoking-related diseases?

    Attempts to quit. How long did you try to quit for, what methods did you try, why didn’t they work?

    Vaping. When did you start, how long after starting vaping did you stop smoking?

    Benefits. How has your health improved since you switched (breathing, cough), have medical conditions improved (eg asthma, emphysema, mental health), how much money have you saved?

    Other comments. Feedback from kids, living longer to enjoy grandchildren, never thought I'd be able to quit, benefits to your family eg passive smoking

    What you want eg nicotine liquid to be a consumer product available from a vape shop, product regulation with safety standards, childproof caps etc

    Why the new regulations will not work for you. Will you go back to smoking or the blackmarket? Will you be able to access what you need to stay off the cigarettes?

    Anything else?

    How to make your submission

    The submission process is very easy. Visit the Senate Select Committee on Tobacco Harm Reduction webpage and download the Information for Submitters.

    If you have not previously submitted online to an inquiry, you will need to create a My Parliament login. Otherwise just go to log in and upload your submission.

    More on the proposed regulations is available in some of ATHRA’s posts below. Please contact us if you have any queries or need some assistance:

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