16 November 2018
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size has welcomed the bipartisan support given to the Tobacco Products Regulation (e-cigarettes and review) Amendment Bill, which passed in the House of Assembly last night.
Until last night’s decision, South Australia was the only state in the country without regulations on the use and sale of e-cigarette products.
The new law will see e-cigarette bans in South Australia across a number of areas including: selling of e-cigarette products to children, the use of e-cigarettes in smoke free areas and the sale of e-cigarettes without a license.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size said that the bill is a turning point, which will see South Australia soon enforce the toughest restrictions in the country on those who use and sell e-cigarettes.
“This is a fantastic outcome for South Australians and we commend the Government and Opposition for their work in passing the bill,” he said.
“The short and long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown and the fact remains that no e-cigarette product has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use as a smoking cessation product.”
“Furthermore, there is increasing evidence which suggests that e-cigarettes may expose users to chemicals and toxins such as formaldehyde, heavy metals, particulate matter and flavouring chemicals at levels that have the potential to irritate the eyes and lungs and cause adverse health effects.”
“Just because a flavouring is safe to use in food, doesn’t mean it’s safe to inhale into the lungs.”
Mr Size said that the bill also takes an important stance by addressing Cancer Council SA’s concern that the use of e-cigarettes is beginning to normalise smoking amongst younger generations.
“There is growing evidence to suggest that e-cigarette use is a precursor to smoking in young people. Australia currently has a national smoking rate of less than 2% among 12 to 17 year olds and one of the lowest adolescent smoking rates in the world.”
“Anything that begins to undo the great work have done with this age group is something that we need to address and change immediately,” he said.
“We look forward to working with the State Government as this legislation comes into effect across the state”
The following e-cigarette bans are included in the bill:
- Ban on selling e-cigarette products to children;
- Ban on using e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas under the act;
- Ban on retail sale of e-cigarettes without a license;
- Ban on indirect sale of e-cigarette products;
- Ban on e-cigarette advertising, promotion, specials and price promotions;
- Ban on retail point-of-sale displays on e-cigarette products; and
- Ban on selling e-cigarettes from temporary outlets such as sales trays and vending machines;
Cancer Council’s national stance on e-cigarettes can be found here: https://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/smoking-and-tobacco/e-cigarettes.html and interviews can be arranged on request.