14 October 2015
Cancer Council SA has continued its strong opposition to e-cigarettes after appearing before the Parliamentary Committee looking at the use, sale and promotion of personal vaporisers, including e-cigarettes.
Of most concern is that there is currently no evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes are safe or that they support smoking cessation.
Cancer Council SA is also concerned that e-cigarettes are targeted at young people with their fruit, confectionary and energy drink flavours.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, said that the time had come to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes and ensure they fall under smoke-free laws.
“We welcome the action being taken on e-cigarettes by the State Government and the establishment of the Parliamentary Committee,” Mr Size said.
“E-cigarettes mimic the act of smoking, they have not been evaluated for safety and are clearly being promoted to young people.
“Anything that delivers chemicals directly to the lungs must cause alarm.
“We also hold concerns that these products are undermining the years of achievement in tobacco control by re-normalising smoking behaviour and re-glamourising the act.
“It is concerning that e-cigarettes are currently being aggressively marketed to young people through advertising and the fruit flavours available.
“We believe that the retail sale of e-cigarettes must be restricted, that smoke-free laws cover their use and also prohibit their advertising and promotion, consistent with tobacco advertising prohibitions.
“Concerns throughout the community regarding e-cigarettes are evident and we recently welcomed the Royal Adelaide Show's decision to ask e-cigarette smokers to use designated smoking areas at this year’s event.
“With other States now taking prompt action on e-cigarettes, we look forward to the Committee making the appropriate recommendations and legislation being put in place as soon as possible.”
Anyone wanting support to quit smoking should call the Quitline on 13 78 48 or visit www.cancersa.org.au/quitline