Submissions to House of Reps e-cigarette Inquiry now available online

Posted by DrMendelsohn on 20 July, 2017

Submissions to the Inquiry into the Use and Marketing of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia are now online. All can be downloaded individually from the Parliamentary website.

Click here to download and read my submission. Please feel free to circulate it if you find it useful.

The submissions make very interesting reading but there are few surprises. Vapers have told their heartfelt stories about struggling desperately with tobacco, often for decades and repeatedly failing to quit. The only thing that worked for so many was vaping, which often transformed their lives, particularly in terms of health and wealth.

Strong support came from leading public health and tobacco control organisations overseas, including a compelling submission from the UK Royal College of Physicians and another from the lead author of the Public Health England report, Professor Ann McNeill.

Leading international researchers also expressed strong support such as Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos (Greece), Professor Riccardo Polosa (Italy), Professor Gerry Stimson (UK), Professor Tim Stockwell (Canada), Professor Peter Hajek (UK), Professor Neil McKeganey (Scotland), Professor Chris Bullen, Associate Professor Natalie Walker and Associate Professor Marewa Glover (NZ).

Many leading Australian researchers and academics made powerful evidence-based submissions in favour of making e-cigarettes more freely available. These include Professor Ron Boland, Professor Wayne Hall, Associate Professor Coral Gartner and Dr Alex Wodak.

Unfortunately, many Australian health organisations and health departments were negative as expected, typically quoting the flawed report of the World Health Organisation and the much criticised US Surgeon-General’s report.

The exception was the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists which clearly understands the importance of tobacco harm reduction to help smokers who are unable to quit.

Australia has spoken. We hope Parliament will listen.

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