Tidligere i år, Melbourne’s City council had proposed an amendment that if passed, would ban vaping in the city’s 11 no-smoking areas. Lord mayor Sally Capp, had said that the ban would align the city with the rest of the state, where sadly e-cigs are subjected to the same regulations as cigarettes.
The council will be voting on whether the definition of smoking should include vaping, which would mean that vaping would automatically be banned in non-smoking areas.
“E-cigarettes are relatively new but we know that there is a possible link to serious lung disease and growing evidence that e-cigarettes can lead young people to start smoking regular cigarettes,” she erroneously said at the time.
The non-vaping areas would include Bourke Street Mall, the Causeway, Howey Place, Block Place, Equitable Place, Goldsbrough Lane, QV Melbourne, the Tan and Princes Park running tracks, Collins Way and Fulham Place.
Councillor Beverley Pinder inaccurately stated that while e-cigarettes are marketed as smoking cessation tools, there is no evidence to support these claims. “But health experts agree that there simply isn’t the evidence to support these claims,” hun sagde. “E-cigarette liquids contain a range of chemical ingredients and flavours that haven’t been proven safe to inhale, and aren’t regulated, so you really don’t know what you’re inhaling.”
Efterfølgende, the council will be voting on whether the definition of smoking should include vaping, which would mean that vaping would automatically be banned in non-smoking areas, including the 11 smoke-free zones in the CBD and surrounding areas.
CLA: There is no evidence that second hand vapour poses health risks
Arguing against the measure, Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) said that the council is interfering with people’s choices, and their mandate does not extend to ‘lifestyle control’. Derudover, in a submission to council, the CLA said there was no evidence that brief exposure to e-cigarette vapour in open air harms the health of others.
“The local government role and mandate does not extend to lifestyle control, already exhaustively covered by prohibitionist legislation at the Commonwealth and state levels,” said the CLA submission. “Restricting vaping in the Melbourne CBD would be an additional unjustified intrusion into consumer free choice and autonomy. There is no defensible scientific or medical basis for additional bans and controls and the proposal should be rejected.”
The imminent nicotine importation ban
Desværre, Australia has become synonymous with an unreasonable forbidding stance against vaping, amongst harm reduction experts. Sidste måned, the Federal Health Minister of Australia Greg Hunt infamously announced ongoing talks with the country’s Border Force, about a ban on the importation of vape liquid containing nicotine. Foranstaltningen skulle træde i kraft den 1. juli, og enhver, der blev fanget i strid med denne forordning, skulle idømmes en bøde $220,000.
Dette forbud ville have betydet, at mens vapers teknisk set stadig ville have været i stand til at få nikotin-e-væsker via lægens recept, i virkeligheden ville ikke mange have klaret det, da kun en håndfuld australske læger er villige til at skrive nikotinrecepter i henhold til gældende love. i øvrigt, i betragtning af de komplekse og tidskrævende krav i den nye plan, endnu færre læger ville have været tilbøjelige til at skrive recepter efter disse ændringer.
Så snart denne foranstaltning blev annonceret, there was outrage and a number of organizations and entities who have harm reduction and public health, såvel som 28 Koalitionsmedlemmer talte imod forbuddet. Den australske senator Matthew Canavan og parlamentsmedlem George Christensen startede et andragende om at ophæve importforbudet og i stedet få det legaliseret og reguleret.
In response to these actions Health Minister Greg Hunt has decided to delay the ban by six months, at least giving vapers a grace period to find alternative smoking cessation aids. Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association Director Dr Colin Mendelsohn said it is a welcome delay. ”Jeg synes, at samværet fra samfundet bare var ekstraordinært. Det giver ingen mening at gøre et langt sikrere produkt svært at få.”
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