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Federal Government Senators

🟠Senator Allman-Payne, Penny AG

20-22 Herbert StreetGladstone 

PO Box 5304Gladstone QLD 4680

(07) 4972 0380

email:senator.allman-payne@aph.gov.au

“how many f*cking orchestra pits/ boat sheds does one private school need?”

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🟢Senator Antic, Alexander LP

398 Main North RoadBlair Athol

Main North RoadBlair Athol SA 5084

(08) 8359 0303 or (02) 6277 3464

Email: senator.antic@aph.gov.au

"Exit The W.H.O . These unelected  global health bureaucrats have unresonable control over  our public health policies"

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🟠Senator Askew, Wendy LP

46 Cameron Street Launceston

PO Box 97 Launceston TAS 7250

(03) 6331 8501 or 1300 134 468

Email: senator.askew@aph.gov.au 

"the first Liberal woman to represent Tasmania in more than 20 years"

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🔴Senator Ayres,Timothy ALP

Level 3, 1A Lawson Square Redfern

PO Box 3306 Redfern NSW 2016

(02) 9159 9330

Email: senator.ayres@aph.gov.au

- Trade Assistant Minister for Manufacturing

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🟢Senator Babet, Ralph UAP

Suite 2, 77 Victor Crescent Narre Warren VIC 3805

(03) 9070 1900

Email: senator.babet@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Bilyk, Catryna ALP

Suite 3, Kingston Plaza 20 Channel Highway Kingston

PO Box 320 Kingston TAS 7051

(03) 6229 4444 (03) 6229 4100 or 1300 855 225

Email: senator.bilyk@aph.gov.au 

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🟠Senator Birmingham, Simon LP

107 Sir Donald Bradman DriveHilton SA5033

(08) 8354 1644 (08) 8354 1655 or 1300 301 638

Email: senator.birmingham@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Bragg, Andrew LP

Suite 23.03, Level 2356 Pitt  Street Sydney

GPO Box 5411Sydney NSW 2001

(02) 9159 9320

Email: senator.bragg@aph.gov.au

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"when they write the books about this period of Australian history, it may not be a very exciting book if it's a book about Australian taxation history."

🟠Senator Brockman, William LP

Unit 4, 1 Harper Terrace South Perth WA 6151

(08) 6245 3305 

Email: senator.brockman@aph.gov.au

"Labor's 'Nature Positive' legislation is Orwellian by name and by nature."

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🔴Senator Brown, Carol ALP

1st Floor136 Davey StreetHobart

GPO Box 376  Hobart TAS7001 

(03) 6231 0099 or 1300 030 532

Email: senator.carol.brown@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Cadell, Ross NATS

Ground Floor 28-30 Bolton Street Newcastle NSW 2300

(02) 6492 0586

Email: senator.cadell@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Cash, Michaelia LP

44 Outram Street West Perth

PO Box 1966 West Perth WA 6872

(08) 9226 2000 (08) 9226 2211

Email: senator.cash@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Chandler, Claire LP

42 Bridge Street Richmond

PO Box 250 Richmond TAS 7025

(03) 6260 2018 

Email: senator.chandler@aph.gov.au

"I will work hard to get Tasmania back in business"

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🔴Senator Chisholm, Anthony ALP

Level 1, 53 Endeavour Boulevard North Lakes

PO Box 1117 North Lakes QLD 4509

(07) 3881 3710

Email: senator.chisholm@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Ciccone, Raffaele ALP

1A Blackburn RoadBlackburn VIC 3130

(03) 9894 2098

Email: senator.ciccone@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Colbeck, Richard LP

5-7 Best Street Devonport

PO Box 603 Devonport TAS 7310

(03) 6424 5960 (03) 6423 5244

Email: senator.colbeck@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Cox,Dorinda AG

Unit 11, Level 2440 William Street Perth WA 6000

(08) 9228 3277 or 1300 088 218

Email: senator.cox@aph.gov.au

 "a Yamatji-Noongar woman with a strong record of working for social justice in her community"

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🟠Senator Duniam, Jonathon LP

85 Macquarie Street Hobart

GPO Box 453 Hobart TAS 7001

(03) 6231 2444 

Email: senator.duniam@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Farrell, Donald ALP

Level 519 Gilles Street Adelaide

PO Box 6338 Halifax Street SA 5000

(08) 8231 8400

Email: senator.farrell@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Faruqi, Mehreen AG

72 Campbell Street Surry Hills NSW 2010

(02) 9211 150072

Leader of the Australian Greens

Email: senator.faruqi@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Fawcett, David LP

Commonwealth Parliament Offices,

Suite 4, Level 13, 100 King William Street Adelaide SA 5000

(08) 8205 1040 (08) 8205 1045 

Email: senator.fawcett@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Gallagher, Katherine ALP

Unit 3, 40 Corinna Street Phillip ACT 2606

(02) 6230 0411

Email: senator.katy.gallagher@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Ghosh,Varun ALP

Suite 4, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices,

Level 38, Exchange Tower 2 The Esplanade Perth

GPO Box B58Perth WA 6838

(08) 9260 5060

Email: senator.ghosh@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Green, Nita ALP

141 - 143 Abbott Street Cairns

PO Box 4716 Cairns Post Shop QLD 4870

(07) 4031 3498

Email: senator.green@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Grogan, Karen ALP

265 Churchill RoadProspect SA5082

(08) 8269 6022265 

Email: senator.grogan@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Hanson, Pauline PHON

Suite 3, Level 36, Waterfront Place1 Eagle Street Brisbane

GPO Box 228 Brisbane QLD 4001

(07) 3221 7644

Email: senator.hanson@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Hanson-Young, Sarah AG

Level 7, 147  Pirie Street Adelaide SA 5000

(08) 8227 0425 (08) 8227 0426

Email: senator.hanson-young@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Henderson, Sarah LP

231-233 Moorabool Street Geelong VIC 3220

(03) 5221 5900 

Email: senator.henderson@aph.gov.au 

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🟠Senator Hodgins-May, Steph AG VIC

Shop 2-3/26 Lygon Street
Brunswick East, VIC, 3057

(03) 9381 1446

Email: senator.hodgins-may@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Hughes, Hollie

Suite 14.02, Level 1425 Bligh Street Sydney LP

GPO Box 36 Sydney NSW 2001

(02) 9159 9325

Email: senator.hughes@aph.gov.au

"Vaping is an incredibly powerful cessation tool” "

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🟠Senator Hume, Jane LP

223 Bridge Road Richmond

PO Box 224RichmondVIC3121

(03) 9428 1773

Email: senator.hume@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Kovacic, Maria LP

Suite 10, Level 211 Bligh Street Sydney

GPO Box 36 Sydney NSW 2001

(02) 8289 9770

Email: senator.kovacic@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Lambie, Jacqui JLN

Shop 422 Mount Street Burnie

PO Box 256Burnie TAS 7320

(03) 6431 3112

Email: senator.lambie@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Liddle Kerrynne LP

Level 231 Ebenezer Place Adelaide SA5000

(08) 8232 1144 

Email: senator.liddle@aph.gov.au 

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🔴Senator Lines, Susan ALP

51 Ord Street West Perth

PO Box 1322 West Perth WA 6872

(08) 9481 4844 (08) 9481 4244 or 1300 065 388

Email: senator.lines@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator McAllister, Jennifer ALP

Suite 501, Level 554-66 Wentworth Avenue Surry Hills NSW2010

(02) 9719 8100 (02) 9719 8078 or 1300 301 752 

Email: jennifer.mcallister@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator McCarthy, Malarndirri ALP

38 Mitchell Street Darwin

PO Box 1596Darwin NTO801

(08) 8941 0003 (08) 8941 0071

Email: Senator.McCarthy@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator McDonald, Susan LNP

Level 1, 131 Denham Street Townsville

PO Box 2185 Townsville QLD 4810

(07) 4771 3066 or1300 301 949

Email: senator.mcdonald@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator McGrath, James LNP

Tenancy A2-4 Mitchell Street Nambour

PO Box 772 Nambour QLD 4560

(07) 5441 1800 (07) 5441 1699 or 1300 076 412

Email: senator.mcgrath@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator McKenzie, Bridget NATS

172 High Street Wodonga VIC 3690

(02) 6024 2560(02) 6024 2635 or 1300 889 103172 

Email: senator.mckenzie@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator McKim,Nicholas AG

149B Macquarie Street Hobart

GPO Box 896Hobart TAS 7001

(03) 6224 8899 (03) 6224 7599 or 1300 013 720

Email: senator.mckim@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator McLachlan, Andrew LP

Level 1, 97 King William Street Kent Town SA5067

(08) 8362 8600 (08) 8362 8579 

Email: Senator.mclachlan@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Nampijinpa Price, Jacinta CLP

1, 229 McMillans Road Jingili

PO Box 40021Casuarina NTO811

(08) 8948 3555

Email: Senator.NampijinpaPrice@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator O'Neill, Deborah ALP

Suite 3.12, The Platinum Building

4 Ilya Avenue Erina NSW 2250

(02) 4367 4565 (02) 4367 3506

Email: senator.oneill@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator O'Sullivan,Matthew LP

Unit 10, Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre

816 Beeliar Drive Success

PO Box 3466 Success WA6964

(08) 9226 5387

Email: senator.matt.o'sullivan@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Paterson, James LP

Ground floor, 63 York Street South Melbourne VIC 3205

(03) 9690 2201

Email: senator.paterson@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Payman, Fatima ALP

Suite 10, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices,

Level 40, Exchange Tower 2 The Esplanade Perth

GPO Box B58 Perth WA6838

(08) 6245 3322

Email: Senator.Payman@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Pocock, Barbara AG

Level 1,110 King William Road Goodwood SA5034

(08) 8272 7575 

Email: senator.barbara.pocock@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Pocock, David IND

Shop 125 Ernest Cavanagh Street Gungahlin

PO Box 705 Gungahlin ACT 2912

(02) 6247 6444

Email: Senator.David.Pocock@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Polley, Helen ALP

'The Charles', Suite 101287 Charles Street Launceston

(03) 6331 2599(03) 6331 2588 or 1300 013 923

PO Box 1223, Launceston TAS 7250

Email: senator.polley@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Pratt, Louise ALP

183 Great Eastern Highway Belmont

PO Box 531 Belmont WA 6984

(08) 9277 1502 (08) 9277 1509 or 1300 545 179

Email: senator.pratt@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Rennick, Gerard LNP

Tenancy C4, Level 190 Kittyhawk Drive Chermside

PO Box 2350 Chermside Centre QLD 4032

(07) 3252 7101

Email: senator.rennick@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Reynolds, Linda LP

Suite C, 117 Great Eastern HighwayRivervale

PO Box 369Belmont WA 6984

(08) 9477 5411

Email: senator.reynolds@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Roberts, Malcolm PHON

Commonwealth Parliament Offices

Suite 2, Level 36 Waterfront Place1 Eagle Street Brisbane

PO Box 228 Brisbane QLD 4001

(07) 3221 9099

Email: senator.roberts@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Ruston, Anne LP

9 Renmark AvenueRenmark

PO Box 1671Renmark SA 5341

(08) 8586 6600 (08) 8595 1700 or 1300 857 022

Email: senator.ruston@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Scarr, Paul LP

Tenancy 3, Level 6, Springfield Tower

145 Sinnathamby BoulevardSpringfield Central

PO Box 4287Springfield Central QLD 4300

(07) 3186 9350 or 1300 884 489

Email: senator.scarr@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Sharma, Devanand LP

Suite 9, Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices,

Level 21, 1 Bligh StreetSydney

GPO Box 36 Sydney NSW 2001

(02) 8289 9800

Email: senator.sharma@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Sheldon, Anthony ALP

Suite 11.02, Level 1166 Goulburn Street Sydney NSW 2000

(02) 9719 1078 or 1300 884 092 

Email: senator.sheldon@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Shoebridge, David AG

Suite 201, Level 21A Lawson Square Redfern NSW2016

(02) 8073 7400 

Email: senator.shoebridge@aph.gov.au

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🟢Senator Smith, Dean LP

Unit 2, 91-97 Wanneroo Road Greenwood

PO Box 40Madeley WA 6065

(08) 9343 4108

Email: senator.smith@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Smith Marielle ALP

T1 10 Park Terrace Bowden SA5007

(08) 8340 0444

Email: senator.marielle.smith@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Steele-John, Jordon AG

Office 1.19, Level 1,140 William Street Perth WA6000

(08) 6245 3310

Email: senator.steele-john@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Sterle, Glenn ALP

Units G2 and G3 150-152 Riseley Street Booragoon WA6154

(08) 9455 1420 (08) 9455 1421 or 1300 066 494

Email: senator.sterle@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Stewart, Jana ALP

293 Spring Street Reservoir

PO Box 75 Reservoir VIC 3073

(03) 9070 1920

Email: senator.stewart@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Thorpe, Lidia IND

474 Smith Street Collingwood

PO Box 1526, 186-188 Smith StreetCollingwood VIC 3066

(03) 9070 1950

Email: senator.thorpe@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Tyrrell, Tammy IND

Shop 2111-113 St John Street Launceston

PO Box 1087 Launceston TAS 7250

(03) 9070 1910

Email: senator.tyrrell@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Urquhart, Anne ALP

1-3 Rooke Street Devonport

PO Box 360Devonport TAS 7310

(03) 6423 1933 (03) 6423 3544 or 1300 079 331

Email: senator.urquhart@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Van, David IND

18 Park RoadCheltenham VIC3192

(03) 9008 468818 

Email: senator.van@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Walsh, Jess ALP

240-250 Lygon Street Brunswick East

PO Box 233 Brunswick East VIC 3057

(03) 9381 5448

Email: senator.walsh@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Waters, Larissa AG

Level 1251 Given TerracePaddington

Locked bag 3004 Paddington QLD 4064

(07) 3367 0566 (07) 3367 0577

Email: senator.waters@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Watt, Murray ALP

Suite G04 Kay House 35 Scarborough Street Southport

PO Box 310 Southport Business Centre QLD 4215

(07) 5531 1033

Email: senator.watt@aph.gov.au

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🟠Senator Whish-Wilson, Peter AG

37 George Street Launceston

PO Box 5194 Launceston TAS 7250

(03) 6331 0033 (03) 6331 2044 or 1300 499 012

Email: senator.whish-wilson@aph.gov.au

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🔴Senator Wong, Penny ALP

Level 419 Gouger StreetAdelaide

PO Box 6237, Halifax Street Adelaide SA 5000

(08) 8212 8272 (08) 8212 8273 or 1300 030 698

Email: senator.wong@aph.gov.au 

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Letter to senators

Dear Senators Of Australia,

We write to you on behalf of a rising movement known as “A.L.I.V.E.”

The acronym stands for “Australia, Let’s Improve Vaping Education”.

We are the vaping consumers of Australia and their supporters who feel we have been ignored by this Government.

We are adult former smokers who have found a pathway off smoking via vaping.

We have no ties to big tobacco or vaping companies.

We have been subjected to our real stories being dismissed by many who also refer to us as being “industry stooges” and worse.

 

In a lot of instances, we had submissions ignored and not published for the recent

“Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Vaping Reforms) Bill 2024”

committee hearing.

Many submissions that made the cut were published during or well after the inquiry.

Public submissions to Senate Inquiry: 236 of 281 opposed the bill including 19 professors, 11 doctors and 12 other experts.

Only one consumer was heard during the inquiry out of over 1.5 million vapers!

We understand that many other submissions from international experts were also ignored and not published.

 

On March 6 we signed a petition with 28679 signatures asking the health minister to repeal and review the terms of the proposed legislative changes to better focus on harm reduction and adopt new evidence-based, proportionate measures in response to youth-uptake of vaping.

We still await a response.

https://www.aph.gov.au/e-petitions/petition/EN5905

 

 

 

 

The flavourless prescription model does not help us to remain smoke free.

It is flawed on many levels.

The greater percentage of former smoking vapers require various flavours to remain smoke free. Vaping is not something that can be “cookie cut” into a limited amount of vapes in limited flavours via a chemist. Vaping requires customisation for the end user with the assistance of a specialist vape store (not a black market vape store).

The cost of devices and liquids via prescription is exorbitant and many formerly legal vapers have now reluctantly gone on to using black market vape products, or worse, returned to smoking.

In many instances vapers have been unable to obtain a prescription, let alone find a chemist that will meet the requirements of a prescription.

 

Australians now fear for their lives in our homes and businesses as the very public black market vape/tobacco turf wars have caused a gateway for youth crime that includes 80 fire bombings and many executions over the last year or so.

This is the result of prohibition that has many similarities to the grand ol days of Al Capone.

Is this the Australia you wished for?

I can tell you that the vapers of Australia don’t wish for this!

 

We wish for sensible risk proportionate regulations of vaping products that discourage a black market selling to our youths.

Just as licenced alcohol is, vaping is a consumer product for adults and should be regulated and licensed appropriately before further carnage and destruction to youths is caused by the unintended consequences of the current prohibitive regulations.

 

 

Other important points to consider:

1. Vaping was developed as a consumer product alternative to tobacco - not a therapeutic device. Vaping is designed to deliver nicotine and/or flavour as a harm-reduced replacement for tobacco. While it is probably easier to stop using a vape than a cigarette, there is no predetermined            “end-game” for cessation, as vaping is not considered by the majority of health departments around the world to have any major detrimental effects.

In other words, while 2 out 3 smokers will develop serious illness from smoking over the course, there is no same determination for people who exclusively vape. After 20 years of research, one must consider that science is not in the dark unlike 50 years earlier when it was looking at tobacco harm. The peer-reviewed data is conclusive - Vape devices can share biomarkers with tobacco, but at vastly reduced levels making the potential harm from them negligible especially when compared with combustible tobacco products.

 

 

2. Many legal vape businesses have been operating within the scope of the law for over 10 years.

This bill along with the previous amendment to the legislation by the TGA will force their closure, with no provision for compensation which could be considered unlawful.

Meanwhile, black market supply will continue to meet the demand largely unnoticed by law enforcement.  

 

3. The Personal Importation Scheme must be reinstated in the very least. As only adults were able to make use of this program, it is disingenuous to believe that ending it will somehow curb youth uptake. By ending it completely there will be increased demand on GPs and pharmacies to meet consumer needs, and without an easy to navigate pathway, most adult users will simply turn to black market sources for supply, as 90% of all vapers in Australia already are.

 

4. Prohibition will always ultimately fail. The Vaping Reforms Bill attempts to address the issue of supply, but does very little to consider demand, which of course is straight out of the prohibitionists’ playbook. Some health advisors have commented that the Bill is not a form of prohibition, due to the inclusion of scripts for “patients”, but we may remind you that under the most famous prohibition of all, the National Prohibition Act or Volstead Act in the United States from 1920-1930s, scripts for brandy or whiskey were also available via a physician. Despite this, gang warfare was waged on the streets and some of the most iconic and infamous “gangsters” are embedded in popular culture today directly because of this.

5. Clearly, the Vaping Reforms Bill is incomplete. There are many questions surrounding particular details which you will have noticed were asked but not effectively answered during the Senate Enquiry. The most pressing questions include:

a) What constitutes a non-commercial quantity of vaping products, and how will authorities determine whether said quantity carried or owned by an individual is for personal use, or something else?

b) What rate of vape cessation by young Australians should be considered a measurement of success? This question was asked of the TGA delegates but none were able to provide a definitive answer.

c) Why would the uptake of tobacco smoking not be considered a measurement of policy failure, if the purpose of the bill is to reduce exposure to nicotine? Especially considering that cigarettes and other traditional tobacco products are readily available to adults at all major supermarkets and petrol stations.

 

6. If the purpose of the Vaping Reforms Bill is to prevent the uptake of nicotine dependence among children, then we need to be reminded that it is already illegal to sell vaping and other products that may contain nicotine to minors in the country, with the exception of Nicotine Replacement Therapy products. Given that 100% of minors acquire vape and other products that may contain nicotine illegally already, then this Bill appears to only affect adult users and legal businesses trying to operate within the scope of the law. There may be the opinion that increased penalties will help to deter organized crime, but we know from history that this is rarely the case.

We shouldn’t be criminalised or stigmatised for simply wanting another day with a loved one.

The current prohibitionist regime is causing all sorts of unintended consequences not only effecting physical detriment to those who have returned to smoking but also for many who suffer mental health conditions.

One vaper in Melbourne who suffers from PTSD has already attempted to take his own life on the back of this poorly thought out policy position.

We remind you again, we are the adult vaping consumers of Australia.

We are not funded by a career of working in anti smoking campaigns etc..

We are at grass roots, we are the consumers that have been silenced and not heard.

On or around June 24 you will be asked to vote on an extremely important bill.

“Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Vaping Reforms) Bill 2024”

All we ask for is due consideration when voting on this bill.

This is a bi partisan issue, it’s an issue that can and will change either for the betterment or worsening of over a million Australian former smokers!

Decide what side of history you wish to be on, rather than what side of the political divide you prefer, because as healthier Australians who have quit smoking with vaping, we know what side of history we prefer to be on!

 

Kindest regards

Vaping Consumers Of Australia

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