Who’s Fighting for Vaping Rights in Australia?

January 14, 2021 5 min read 1 Comment

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Who’s Fighting for Vaping Rights in Australia?

Australia has launched the new vaping laws and they are already legit on 1st October, 2021. In an effort to fight the illegal use and sale of nicotine vaping products, Australia has strengthened its vaping regulations. Nowadays, it's against the law to purchase items like nicotine e-cigarettes, nicotine pods, and liquid nicotine without a prescription, both in the domestic market and overseas. 

If you are a vaper, you definitely feel annoyed and uneasy about this decision. Since then, thousands of vapers around the country along with some organizations are fighting for vaping rights day in and day out. Today, we’re going to look over some of the organizations and individuals that have played a key role in getting the Australian Vaping ban postponed until 2021 and they’re still working very hard at this very moment for the vaping rights by getting the same vaping ban scrapped totally. 

 “Those who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try to quit and quit successfully than those who do not use e-cigarettes.”

ATHRA or the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association

A registered health promotion organization, the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA) aims to reduce the harm caused by tobacco usage in Australia. Four independent Australian medical practitioners created ATHRA in October of 2017 and have been collaborating together ever since. With so many sides, opinions, and fake news going around with regards to vaping, ATHRA aims to present the truth about vaping (and other harm-reduction strategies) to all concerned parties. 

It's recommended to stop smoking altogether if you want to lower your risk of health problems from it. Switching to a lower-risk option can save the lives of smokers who are unwilling or unable to stop. E-cigarettes, snus, and other smokeless tobacco products fall under this category. 

If you’re a vaper in Australia then you’ve probably heard of ATHRA at least once before. They’re one of the, if not, the most vocal group when it comes to protecting the vaping rights in the country. While ATHRA is not a vaping specific organization, they do recognize vaping as one of the best ways to stop smoking. The ultimate goal of ATHRA is to reduce the harm done by tobacco by any means necessary. If you need up to the minute updates on issues not only on vaping, but on tobacco harm reduction as well, then you can’t go wrong with staying updated with them. 

If you want to see the full objectives of ATHRA, you can visit their website or check on their formal list of objectives HERE.

Legalise Vaping Australia is an initiative of MyChoice Australia and the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance that actively campaigns for the legalisation and proportionate regulation of vape products. Take note of the word, proportionate. This means that Legalise Vaping Australia is fighting for regulation that is just and fair for all stakeholders involved.

Legalise Vaping Australia is doing this by actively engaging with various politicians around the country to make sure that everyone who wishes to quit smoking will have access to vaping and nicotine e-liquid products wherever they are. If you wish to reach out to your local MP about legalising vaping in your territory, then you can do so through their website. Act now while there is still time!


Pressure from the inside to cancel the nicotine import ban in Australia

A less harmful category of nicotine intake (e-cigarettes) is currently prohibited by Australian legislation, while the most lethal form of nicotine intake (smoking) continues to be widely sold (tobacco cigarettes).

Progressive Public Health Alliance, while not per se a vaping advocacy group, is a big voice when it comes to fighting for vaping rights in Australia. The group’s main focus is to achieve universal publicly funded access to health services and treatment for all Australians with the focus on harm reduction programs. And what is vaping but the most effective harm reduction strategy when it comes to tobacco right? 

Health Minister Greg Hunt decided to delay the imposition of a $200,000 fine on Australians importing liquid nicotine. Otherwise, he will review the policy from the government towards smokers using vape to quit cigarettes. "A tremendous triumph for vapers across Australia," said Director of Legalise Vaping Policy Emilie Dye in response to the announcement. 

E-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be used to help smokers quit, but only after other methods like patches and gums have been tried first, according to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).


Politicians that Support Vaping Rights 

Contrary to what many people think, not every politician is for the vape ban. In fact, we have many big names in (and former) government that fully support vaping because they have actually seen the facts about vaping and are more concerned about the real benefits has when it comes to smoking cessation. 

  • Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Jones – Probably one of the highest-ranked government officials to speak up against the vaping ban. He has actually talked to and listen to smokers who have quit because of vaping instead of only listening to so called “experts” who have never touched a cigarette in their lives and only go on theory when it comes to smoking cessation. He recently did an interview recently with Ben Fordham where he speaks out against the vaping ban.
  • MP David Limbrick – An outspoken member of the Liberal Democrats party who is one of the main proponents of cancelling the van on vaping. He has been doing this for the longest time and has been working with Legalise Vaping Australia on coming up with fair regulation for vaping. 
  • MP George Christiansen – One of the first ones to speak out against the vape ban and alongside Senator Matthew Canavan, led the petition to gather the signatures that eventually led to the pulling back of the vape importation ban. 
  • Senator Matthew Canavan – As mentioned earlier, along with MP George Christiansen, Matthew Canavan has spearheaded the petition to gather signatures against the banning of vape importation. He believes that instead of banning vaping, which will push those who have already quit smoking because of vaping back to tobacco, it should be regulated. Properly regulated to make sure that it is sold safely, taxed properly, and of course, out of the hand of children across Australia. Just recently delivered a lengthy speech in Senate on vaping which you can watch on Facebook. They have also met with the TGA to push for legal and regulated vaping in Australia and they ask for your continued support in the fight for our right to vape.

As you can see, you’re not alone when it comes to fighting for your right to vape in Australia. You’re joined by health professionals, businessmen, government officials, and former smokers all around the country. Reach out to the people or organizations above if you want to add your voice to the thousands already who are speaking up for their right to vape. 

Update 11th September 2020

Update: According to Senator Canavan’s Facebook Page, the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) has announced today (September 9, 2020) that they will release an interim ruling on liquid nicotine two weeks from now. This means that come September 23, we will have an idea of what the direction the vape ban is heading. 


1 Response

Swan
Swan

November 17, 2020

Ban nicotine e liquid importation? Come and sit in the corner of the operating theatre as we hopefully save some ones life because they have lung cancer We may be doing something simple or we may be performing a lung transplant Other times the nurses may be holding the hand and wiping the tears of a family member after being told there is no more that can be done for their loved one or even worse we have failed in our attempts to save them Read this carefully and then re think the ban

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