In Parliament

Constituency Question - E-Cigarettes and Vaping


‘E-Cigarettes and Vaping’.

Wednesday, 16 August 2023.

Mr NEWBURY (Brighton) (14:40):

My constituency question is to the Premier, and I ask: when will the State Labor Government stop turning a blind eye to the sale of illegal nicotine-based vapes and e-cigarettes?

Actions speak louder than words. Despite supposed legal protections, the Brighton community is outraged by the lack of enforcement around the illegal sale of vapes and e-cigarettes.

Even though it is illegal to sell nicotine vapes without a doctor’s prescription, we know that sellers have no fear of getting caught.

Recently a new store popped up in the plaza at 72 Church Street, Brighton, advertising the sale of cigarettes. Outrageously, this self-described tobacconist has filled their front window with lollies, which is seen by local parents as an explicit enticement to children.

A second new store at 47 Church Street has already emblazoned their front window with vape advertising.

We know that e-cigarette liquids contain more than 200 chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer. They also cause seizures; lung, facial and oral injuries; and nicotine poisoning.

Premier, get tough on enforcement and stop the danger of children having access to these harmful products.