The vape debate – a report from Parliament

March 29, 2024 by

The vape debate – a report from Parliament

The parliamentary debate on vaping reform focused on reducing youth use, despite disagreement on other aspects. Concerns about youth vaping were challenged, with evidence showing minimal health risks. The debate highlighted misinformation, neglecting the positive impact of vaping as a quitting aid for adults. The current prohibition model was criticized for fueling the black market controlled by criminals. The Nationals proposed a regulated approach, similar to alcohol sales, to curb illicit trade and protect children. The future legislation will be determined by a Senate Inquiry accepting submissions until April 12, to decide between continuing prohibition or adopting an adult consumer regulation model.

13.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Australia 15.20% of men are current smokers but only 10.90% of women.



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