ATHRA supporter newsletter July 2019

    Reducing the harm from smoking

    ATHRA Supporter newsletter

    July 2019

    Victorian child dies from nicotine poisoning

    The Victorian Coroner reported this week on the tragic case of an 18-month-old child who died from drinking concentrated nicotine 100mg/ml while the mother was mixing at home. This is a reminder to us all to about the importance of safe handling of nicotine e-liquid, especially high concentrations, and particularly around children.

    ATHRA prepared a report for the Coroner recommending the legalisation and regulation of low-dose nicotine liquid for vaping. It would be safer if Aussie vape shops could sell premixed ready-to-vape nicotine liquid to reduce home mixing, and this would be more accessible to more smokers. Read our opinion piece in the Herald Sun.

    State governments behaving badly

    Queensland Health recently updated its online information about vaping which was very misleading and inaccurate. ATHRA has called it out, contacted Queensland Health and publicised this misinformation. See our blog here for more.

    The Northern Territory government also stated that it is illegal to possess nicotine for vaping, even with a prescription in the NT. This advice is clearly wrong. ATHRA is in correspondence with the Minister for Health to have this corrected.

    New ATHRA Chairman

    Dr Joe Kosterich has recently taken on the role of ATHRA Chairman. Joe is a practising GP from Perth with a strong interest in tobacco harm reduction and a wide range of skills and experience.

    Colin and Alex remain actively involved on the Board and are currently seeking new members of the Board. Catherine has stepped down after 3 years of service.

    Our current priorities are to visit members of federal parliament, maintain our media activities and to continue to campaign for the legalisation and appropriate regulation of vaping.

    Please consider visiting your own local MP to maintain the pressure.


    Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries or wish to share any information.

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    Tragic death of child highlights urgent need for liquid nicotine regulation

    Herald Sun, 18 July 2019 The Victorian Coroner released a heartbreaking report yesterday into the death of an 18-month-old child who died after ingesting a highly concentrated form of nicotine liquid. The Coroner found that the death was not a case of negligence, but a...

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    Daily vaping while smoking doubles quit rates, large US study finds

    A large study in the US has found that smokers who vaped daily were nearly twice as likely to have quit smoking two years later than smokers who were not vaping. The study adds to the growing the evidence that vaping helps smokers to quit....

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    Queensland Health misleads the public on vaping...again

    Filter Magazine, 4 July 2019. Queensland Health, has been caught out misleading the public in the sunshine state on vaping, for the third time in little over a year. In its recently updated online information on vaping, Queensland Health has drastically misrepresented the science and...

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    Vaping Facts. New campaign by NZ Ministry of Health to promote vaping

    The New Zealand Ministry of Health has launched Vaping Facts, a new website and campaign to inform smokers of the facts about vaping and to encourage them to make the switch. The progressive, evidence-based approach to vaping in New Zealand is a harsh rebuke to...

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