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VicHealth calling on Federal Parliament to pass critical vaping legislation

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VicHealth is calling on Federal Parliament to pass critical vaping legislation to protect a new generation of young Australians becoming addicted to nicotine through the predatory tactics of Big Tobacco and Big Vape.   

This world leading legislation puts vital measures in place to remove the explosion of vapes across our schools and communities and protect our young people from the predatory tactics used to lure people into vaping.  

VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio said the proposed legislation will keep vapes out of the hands of children while ensuring addicted smokers can access these products under pharmacy supervision.  

“For too long, the tobacco industry has aggressively targeted kids and young people with fruity flavours, colourful packaging and deceptive products designed to look like hoodie toggles or highlighters,” Dr Demaio said. 

“We’re calling on Federal Parliament to put the health and safety of children first by backing in these critical reforms.

“Our research shows that both parents and children want government action to tackle the vaping crisis. These reforms will safeguard future generations from the harms caused by these highly addictive products.”  

VicHealth is committed to working alongside all levels of government in prevention and vaping cessation support for people suffering from addiction.

For support to stop smoking or vaping, connect with Quitline. You can message Quit on WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger @QuitVic, live chat through quit.org.au or request a call back at a time that suits you. From Mon – Fri 8am to 8pm qualified Quitline counsellors are ready to support you on your quitting journey.


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James Lindsey
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