NSW Australia Bans Vaping in Public Places

The state of New South Wales in Australia has just implemented a ban on vaping in public spaces. Any violators of this ban will face a $550 fine.

This ban brings NSW in line with the states of Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT, and includes public spaces where smoking is also banned such as, shopping centres, cinemas, libraries, buses, trains, public swimming pools, sports grounds, public transport stops and outdoor dining areas.

Is anyone consulting scientific research?

Cancer Research UK has stated that e-cigarettes are significantly safer than regular cigarettes and is actively encouraging smokers to switch to the safer alternatives. Yet Australia makes it hard for vapers to be able to purchase the devices and does not encourage smokers to switch.

“Put simply, where you are not allowed to smoke cigarettes, you now cannot vape either,” said health minister, Brad Hazzard, in a statement last Thursday. Last February, Australian award winning journalist and radio host Ben Fordham, interrogated the Health Minister about the senseless position towards vaping that has been adopted in Australia, on his renowned live radio show.

After welcoming Health Minister Brad Hazzard on the show, Fordham referred to the fact that Cancer Research UK has stated that e-cigarettes are significantly safer than regular cigarettes and is actively encouraging smokers to switch to the safer alternatives. He then proceeded to ask the Minister for his comments but Hazzard avoided to comment and just said that the Health Ministry is not telling people to not vape, but only to not do so in public.

The radio host assured the minister that he is in agreement with vaping restrictions in public spaces, but pointed out that his question was not being answered. He mentioned the compelling research about the relative safety of e-cigs once again, and referred to the fact that Australia makes it hard for vapers to be able to purchase the devices and does not encourage smokers to switch to the safer proven alternatives.

Beating round the bush

Yet once more, the minister failed to give a direct answer. “There are a variety of views in the US and the UK,” said Hazzard. “My view has been informed by the advice from a whole range of specialists here in Australia.” The vaping ban will come into effect in July after state parliament passed new laws on Wednesday night.

Read more at https://www.vapingpost.com

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