Is Indoor Vaping About To Be Banned In NSW?
Banning vaping indoors in NSW might seem like the lesser of two evils considering The Greens reportedly put forward the idea of banning vaping in NSW entirely just last week. Brad Hazzard spoke out against the idea of a blanket ban, but has still stated his support for banning vaping in all areas where smoking is also banned.
Given that vaping has been shown to be 20 times less harmful than smoking, and the fact that vaping poses almost zero risk to bystanders, I don’t personally see the need to ban vaping in smoke-free areas.
Personally, if being able to get your nicotine fix in areas where you couldn’t previously smoke can give people even more reasons for them to justify switching – without endangering non-smokers and non-vapers – then I think it’s a good idea to leave it alone and allow people to vape everywhere.
The UK is moving in the opposite direction to Australia by calling for vaping to be allowed in hospitals and prisons. UK health officials have supported vaping for quite some time now, advocating that people use e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking rather than taking the incredibly ineffective abstinence-only approach that Australia is sticking to.
Last October the Australian Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, stated he has no intention of allowing the Australian public to choose harm reduction:
“It’s not going to be happening on my watch, as far as I’m concerned,” Greg Hunt on ABC Radio
I wonder when the Australian government is going to wake up and stop trying the same ineffective policies over and over again, hoping they’ll finally work some day.