24 February 2016
Cancer Council SA has welcomed the recommendations tabled in the report today by the Parliamentary Select Committee on E-cigarettes looking at the use, sale and promotion of personal vaporisers, including e-cigarettes.
Cancer Council SA outlined its strong opposition to the devices when it appeared before the Committee in October.
The recommendations, released today, include restricting the retail sale of e-cigarettes, that smoke-free laws cover their use and also prohibit their advertising and promotion, consistent with tobacco advertising prohibitions.
Of most concern to Cancer Council 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 recommendations were an important step to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes and ensure they fall under smoke-free laws.
“We welcome these recommendations by the Parliamentary Committee and call on the State Government to implement these recommendations as soon as possible,” 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.
“For these reasons we support the ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to people under 18 and the removal of aspects of the product which are targeted towards this age group.
"It is concerning that e-cigarettes are currently being aggressively marketed to young people through advertising and the confectionary flavours available.
“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.
“The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approves all smoking cessation aids in Australia and this should be no different for e-cigarettes.
“We acknowledge the hard work of the Parliamentary Committee for their thorough and evidence-based approach to this issue.
“With other States also taking prompt action on e-cigarettes, we look forward to the recommendations being accepted and implemented 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