MEDIA RELEASE: Stonehouse launches campaign to legalise vaping
- Peak body for taxpayers’ launches campaign to legalise vaping
- Aaron Stonehouse MLC named as WA Spokesperson
- Prominent backers include Dr. Joe Kosterich and vape vendors
- Exclusive polling by ReachTEL finds 69.7% per cent support legalisation
Liberal Democrats MP Aaron Stonehouse has today launched a campaign to legalise vaping in Western Australia.
The campaign, Legalise Vaping Australia, organised by the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, the peak body for taxpayers in Australia, will seek to gather a petition of 50,000 signatures in support of the legalisation of vaping which Mr Stonehouse will present to Parliament by the end of 2018.
“Western Australia wants change. The sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine is legal in practically every other country in the developed world, and it’s time that Australia caught up,” said Aaron Stonehouse MLC.
“We’re asking that the State Government make two specific changes on vaping: number one, legalise the sale of e-cigarettes, and number two, legalise the sale of e-liquids containing nicotine and their use in any area where smoking is not restricted.
“Vaping is not harmless, but it is 95% per cent less harmful than smoking cigarettes, so if cigarettes are legal, then it stands to reason that e-cigarettes should be as well.
“Nobody is saying that we should encourage non-smokers to vape. But, as it stands, our laws are preventing smokers from transitioning to a less harmful product, and that is dooming them to die.
“The Government regularly endorses activities that aren’t 100% per cent safe, such as drinking alcohol, driving a car and swimming at a beach, so why shouldn’t we do the same with vaping?
“Imagine going to the Government and saying, ‘I would like to sell a product that does not kill my customers’. Vape vendors like Clara Alford at Relentless Vapours do that practically every day, and yet, the Government says no.
“We need to move away from this cancerous mindset that something should be illegal unless a bureaucrat tells us that it’s safe. Personal choice should be the default position of every Australian.
Mr Stonehouse also pointed to exclusive polling undertaken by ReachTEL on behalf of Legalise Vaping Australia which found that 69% per cent of respondents in the electorates of Perth and Fremantle support the legalisation of vaping.
“I’m buoyed by the results of recent polling which suggests that more and more Australians want the Government to butt out of their lives, and to legalise vaping.
“I’m really excited to have partnered with the ATA, and to have been named as the WA Spokesperson for Legalise Vaping Australia.
“My plan is to hit the streets over the next couple of months and to speak with regular people about our petition. I also plan to speak with the leaders of major and minor parties about supporting our coalition for change,” said Aaron Stonehouse MLC.
Mr Stonehouse was speaking today alongside prominent backers of Legalise Vaping Australia — Director at the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association Dr. Joe Kosterich, Director of Policy at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance Satya Marar, Liberal Democrats Candidate for Fremantle John Gray, and owner of Relentless Vapours Clara Alford — at a campaign launch at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch.
Legalise Vaping WA (incl. press shots), www.legalisevapingwa.com.au
Legalise Vaping Australia, www.legalisevaping.com.au
Pictures of Event, https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m133kscwrqgvp2d/AACz7D3TS3ajnRcspH0D7F8ca?dl=0