In an absolutely amazing series of events, an Aussie doctor is standing up for vapers in Australia.
Taken from The Australian:
Attila Danko, an emergency department doctor from Ballarat, has established the New Nicotine Alliance Australia, modelled on the similarly titled British lobby group, in a bid to counter a “misinformation campaign” about the risks of e-cigarettes.
The group has latched on to landmark research released last week by Public Health England, an independent arm of Britain’s Department of Health, which found e-cigarettes — battery-powered vaporisers that stimulate smoking, but without tobacco combustion — were about 95 per cent less harmful than cigarettes.
It also found most of the country’s 2.6 million e-cigarette users were ex-smokers trying to give up, with no evidence that young people were being drawn into the habit — a commonly cited fear.
“This compelling report confirms the weight of reliable scientific evidence that e-cigarettes save lives,” Dr Danko said.
With all the states having different legislative ways of saying, “No,” to vaping in Australia, it’s high time someone too a step in this direction.
Dr Danko really hits the nail on the head with this
The 47-year-old has a prescription and imports from overseas but said it was absurd a person required a prescription for e-cigarettes yet could buy significantly more harmful tobacco over the retail counter: “It sends a strong message that the government would rather you smoke cigarettes.”
The article ends with the news we had a week and a half ago out of the UK and their stance on vaping:
In Britain, stop-smoking services are being urged to consider recommending e-cigarettes as a tool for smokers attempting to quit, but Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation have publicly cautioned against the promotion of e-cigarettes, noting that the health effects were still unknown.
Here is hoping that this is a step towards completely clear and universal legalized vaping in Australia!