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22      Health— e-cigarette products

Senator Griff, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 517—That the Senate­—

(a)              notes:

(i)                    recent media reports that teenagers are taking up vaping under the misapprehension is it safe, and that concerned parents support a ban on the supply, sale and use of all e-cigarette products in Australia,

(ii)                  that it is legal to sell only nicotine-free vaping liquids in Australia,

(iii)                that, while the sale of e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine is not legal in Australia, it is legal for a person to import a three-month supply of liquid containing nicotine for personal use,

(iv)                that it is a simple task for anyone under the age of 18 to access vaping paraphernalia, including e-liquids containing nicotine, via online retailers, and

(v)                  a 2018 study in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health cautioned vaping may have a “gateway effect” to cigarette use, with two-thirds of the young people surveyed stating a preference for e-cigarettes containing nicotine;

(b)              further notes that:

(i)                    the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issued a warning to consumers in January 2019 regarding undisclosed by-products and toxic ingredients including nicotine in e­-liquid sold in Australia, despite being labelled ‘nicotine-free’, and

(ii)                  the TGA warning was prompted by a study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia , which stated there is little to no regulation of e-cigarette manufacture, and the frequency with which nicotine is detected in e-liquids labelled “nicotine-free” was concerning; and

(c)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                    regulate the manufacture and labelling of e-cigarette liquid to ensure safety and consistency of ingredients in imported and domestically-available products, and

(ii)                  ban the importation of e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine.

Statement by leave : Senator Roberts, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 52

Senators—

Antic

Di Natale

McAllister

Rice

Askew

Dodson

McCarthy

Ruston

Ayres

Duniam

McDonald

Ryan

Bilyk

Faruqi

McKenzie

Sheldon

Bragg

Fawcett

McKim

Siewert

Brockman

Fierravanti-Wells

McLachlan

Smith, Dean*

Brown

Green

McMahon

Smith, Marielle

Canavan

Griff

Molan

Steele-John

Carr

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Stoker

Chandler

Henderson

Patrick

Urquhart

Ciccone

Hughes

Polley

Waters

Colbeck

Hume

Pratt

Watt

Davey

Kitching

Rennick

Whish-Wilson

 

 

NOES, 3

Senators—

Hanson

Lambie

Roberts*

* Tellers

Question agreed to.