Media in South Australia reported recently that a parliamentary committee would be set up to “consider the use, sale and promotion of personal vaporisers, including e-cigarettes.”
SA now has an opportunity to lead the debate and produce enlightened and progressive legislation that could not only protect users and non-users of such products but also promote healthier alternatives to cigarettes among existing smokers.
factasia.org agrees that e-cigarettes should not be legally available to minors any more than alcohol, and supports any legislative moves to protect children.
The group’s founder, Heneage Mitchell, praised SA’s Health Minister Jack Snelling for setting up the committee, which would “look at the risks posed by personal vaporisers and whether legislative and regulatory controls were needed.”
Mr Mitchell called the move an “enlightened approach to an issue which has become a major topic across Asia. Bans on e-cigarettes, as in some states and countries, work against the choice of adult consumers to opt for less harmful ways of enjoying nicotine consumption, but availability without regulations on quality standards and usage would be equally problematic.”
So far, Asian legislators have generally failed to appreciate the inherent distinction between e-cigarettes and conventional tobacco products. Crucially, e-cigarettes do not produce smoke because they do not burn anything.
Using an e-cigarette (“vaping”) is NOT smoking and factasia.org believes there is no logic in treating less harmful products (without smoke there is no burning, and thus no production of tar or particulates, the known agents in conventional tobacco) in the same way as tobacco products. Nicotine, though addictive like caffeine, is not carcinogenic.
factasia.org does not promote smoking or the use of nicotine, and opposes all under-age use of cigarettes or any other product containing nicotine. The advocacy aims to facilitate a more informed debate among both the public and lawmakers on issues such as taxation, the reduction of illicit tobacco sales (a big problem in Australia) and the regulation and safety of e-cigarettes.