Questions in Parliament

Kristie Johnston, Question to the Premier – 12 September 2023

By September 12, 2023No Comments

Thank you Mr Speaker.

My question is to the Premier.

Premier in March, when you were Health Minister, you supported my motion recognising the harmful impacts of vaping and committing your government to a national approach whereby the supply of e-cigarettes without a prescription would be unlawful, regardless of whether or not they contain nicotine.

The Federal Minister, Mark Butler, has been very clear on his position and included in the federal budget some $737m to fund a number of measures to protect Australians against the harm caused by tobacco and vaping products.

As I understand it, your Government over a number of years has cut the number of enforcement officers who can issue infringements to retailers who unlawfully supply smoking products, including e-cigarettes, to minors and there have been no prosecutions.

This is hardly taking strong action of the use of e-cigarettes.

Premier, the use of e-cigarettes by young people is getting worse.

What really matters is how you act. The Federal Government have put the money on the table. Premier what practical steps is your government going to take to stop the significant harm to the health of Tasmanians caused by e-cigarette use?

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