The dilemma facing the NSW Parliament Inquiry into Vaping

Posted on April 14, 2024 By Colin

THIS WEEK I GAVE EVIDENCE to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into vaping. However, I was appalled by the false and misleading information provided to the Committee in anti-vaping submissions and oral evidence by experts whose advice has created the current regulatory disaster. Continuing to follow this flawed advice will only lead to further harm to public health.

Rampant misinformation

I was shocked by the pervasive misinformation provided to the Inquiry from supposed experts who should know better. Some of the most egregious and misleading arguments are listed below, with my responses in brackets:

My evidence

I gave evidence at the Hearing on 12 April 2024 ⤵️


➡️ My written submission is available here.

➡️ Here is my introductory speech at the Hearing:

"Australia’s policy on vaping is driven by valid concerns about harm to young people. However, we need to balance the small harms to young people against the substantial benefits of vaping in reducing death and disease from smoking. Modelling studies consistently show that vaping has a positive impact on public health overall. [link] Regulation should reflect that.

The current restriction of vaping amounts to prohibition, and drug prohibitions are rarely successful. [link] Vaping is so harshly restricted that 90% of users don’t comply. This has predictably

History has shown that [link]

The NSW Parliament must decide whether to allow the current failed model to continue under criminal control or to take control and regulate the market

The best way forward is to make vapes available as adult consumer products from licensed retail outlets with strict age verification like cigarettes and alcohol. [link] This will bring Australia into line with other Western countries.

It will reduce youth access, enable legal access for adult smokers, and reduce the black market

The Committee's dilemma

Past experience with Parliamentary Inquiries into vaping suggests that Committee members vote along Party lines that are pre-determined before the Inquiry.

However to make rational decisions, Committee members rely on honest, accurate and unbiased evidence from experts. Making an accurate assessment is not possible if the Inquiry is flooded by false testimonies driven by ideology and vested interests.

We can only hope that the Committee members stop taking advice from the supposed experts whose advice has created the current failed scenario. More of the same will lead to disastrous consequences for public health.


Mendelsohn CP. NSW Parliament, Inquiry into E-cigarette regulation and compliance. Submission 24 October 2024

Video recording, Hearing Day 2, 12 April 2024. [Credits Pippa Star, Hudson Orr]

Transcript. Hearing 12 April 2024

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