Supporting smokers to switch to significantly less harmful alternatives

January 2019: This update replaces an earlier version of the Regulatory Impact Statement.

This Regulatory Impact Statement seeks to balance the objectives of supporting smokers to switch to significantly less harmful alternatives with protecting children and young people from any risks associated with vaping in particular.

The regulatory controls in the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 were designed primarily for tobacco products that are smoked. They are inadequate for vaping and smokeless tobacco products, which are less harmful to users.

There is an opportunity, through better regulation (and public information), to support smokers to switch to significantly less harmful alternatives, substantially reducing the risks to their health and those around them.

 

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