06 May 2015
Cancer Council SA has welcomed the State Government’s announcement that a Parliamentary Committee will be established to look at the use, sale and promotion of personal vaporisers, including e-cigarettes.
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, Professor Brenda Wilson, 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,” Professor Wilson said.
“These 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.
“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