Protect young people from the harm of vaping
• Protect children and young people from nicotine addiction and risk of smoking uptake by making it an offence to supply or sell non-nicotine e-cigarette products.
We need to keep younger generations safe from nicotine addiction and risk of smoking uptake by making it an offence to supply or sell non-nicotine e-cigarette products.
Our young people need the best start in life, yet more than 1 in 3 young people in NSW have used e-cigarettes. Daily and regular use of e-cigarettes among 16-24 year olds has more than doubled between 2019/20 and 2020/21, to 11% from 4.5%. The ubiquity of e-cigarettes that are not labelled as containing nicotine, or inaccurately claiming to be nicotine-free, hampers NSW enforcement efforts. Unless we reduce e-cigarette use among young people, we risk addicting a new generation of smokers.
By phasing out the retail sale and supply of non-nicotine e-cigarettes, the next NSW government can more effectively enforce the current laws and act on the alarming rates of young people illegally accessing nicotine e-cigarettes.
See our election platform document for more evidence, and the policy context.
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