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E-cigarettes report released today

Feb 24, 2016

Vincent Tarzia MP
Member for Hartley
Parliamentary Secretary for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Start-Up
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E-cigarettes report released today

 
The State Parliamentary Inquiry on e-cigarettes has tabled its final report into e-cigarettes in State Parliament today.
 
Committee Member Vincent Tarzia has welcomed the bulk of the Committee’s recommendations but is concerned that some of the recommendations will diminish the harm minimisation benefits e-cigarettes bring.
 
“The research is clear that e-cigarettes are far less dangerous than smoking tobacco and there is a public health benefit if people choose to use e-cigarettes instead of smoking tobacco,” said Mr Tazia.
 
“As a consequence there is a public health benefit if tobacco smokers are switching to e-cigarettes and any new regulations should not hinder that movement.
 
“The Report’s recommendation that e-cigarettes shouldn’t be sold alongside tobacco products has the potential to undercut this public health benefit.
 
“I’d like to see more research on the impact of having e-cigarettes on sale where tobacco is sold before any restrictions are put in place.
 
“It would be an unfortunate outcome if regulations put in place actually reduced the number of people giving up smoking tobacco.”

 

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