25 April, 12:00
25 April, 12:00
Published by Vapo Australia
Vapo Australia sides with Legalise Vaping Australia (LVA) which has today labelled bureaucrats within the TGA and the Federal Health Department as “nothing more than unelected, faceless pencil pushers who have today consigned hundreds of thousands of Aussie vapers and 3 million smokers to a death sentence”
This comes after Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced a crackdown on those importing vaping products for personal use into the country, with or without a prescription. From July 1 Border force will be stepping up enforcement activities and targeting vapers.
“Despite all of the evidence showing that legal vaping products have helped tens of millions of people quit smoking all over the globe, these faceless regulators have yet again ignored it all and denied Aussie smokers from accessing less harmful alternatives with nothing more than the stroke of a pen.”
“It is ironic that in rejecting this application the TGA have simultaneously endorsed cigarettes, the most dangerous way to consume nicotine, and a product which are responsible for the deaths of 21,000 Australians each year.”
Under this new regulatory framework, vapers will have to visit a GP, obtain a prescription and then obtain their vaping liquids from an approved medical dispensary.
“Given the weight of overwhelming evidence in relation to the less harmful nature of vaping products, the only logical thing to do is appropriately legislate these products as a consumer good with all of the relevant protections that come with that. The current regulations to take effect in July are absolutely abysmal.”
Vapo and LVA are demanding that the Morrison Government intervene on this issue before more Australians are needlessly killed by complacent and reckless health regulators thanks to inaction by the TGA and the Federal Health Department.
“Smokers in Australia have been denied access to a proven harm reduction tool and vapers in Australia have yet again been dealt a potentially fatal blow which will see many of the 300,000 strong vaping community go back to smoking cigarettes. How the TGA or the Health Department could think this is good for public health beggars belief. There must be something in the water around Canberra that makes bureaucrats lose all sense of logic and empathy.
— Brian Marlow, Campaign Director for Legalise Vaping Australia
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