ATHRA Supporter newsletter October 2020

    Reducing the harm from smoking

    ATHRA supporter newsletter

    October 2020

    Urgent request to save vaping in Australia

    This email is probably the most important one we will ever send you. It is vital that you make a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Tobacco Harm Reduction by 5 November 2020.

    This Inquiry could be critical in developing vaping policy in Australia but we up against strong opposition. Cancer Council Australia and the Heart Foundation circulated a 'fact sheet' to all federal Members of Parliament last week. Their document is misleading, uses selective data and is just plain wrong in so many places.

    Your input as a health professional is a valuable perspective for the Inquiry. You can outline your own experience with helping smoking patients or comment on any of the specific terms of reference below. Please also ask any vaping friends or family members to also make a submission.

    Terms of reference

    1. the treatment of nicotine vaping products (electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco) in developed countries similar to Australia (such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the European Union and United States), including but not limited to legislative and regulatory frameworks;

    2. the impact nicotine vaping products have had on smoking rates in these countries, and the aggregate population health impacts of these changes in nicotine consumption;

    3. the established evidence on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation treatment;

    4. the established evidence on the uptake of e-cigarettes amongst non- smokers and the potential gateway effect onto traditional tobacco products;

    5. evidence of the impact of legalising nicotine vaping products on youth smoking and vaping rates and measures that Australia could adopt to minimise youth smoking and vaping;

    6. access to e-cigarette products under Australia’s current regulatory frameworks;

    7. tobacco industry involvement in the selling and marketing of e-cigarettes; and

    8. any other related matter.

    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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