Labor senators strongly oppose the recommendations in this report.
Labor's world-first plain packaging laws, along with its leadership on
tobacco excise and other preventive health measures, have driven smoking to record
lows. The recently-released National Drug Strategy Household Survey shows
a continued decline in daily smoking, to 12.2 per cent of Australians. The
Survey also shows that just two per cent of teenagers are smoking—suggesting
that the scourge of tobacco could be eliminated over time.
But the fight is not yet won. 15 000 Australians a year still die from
smoking-related disease. Anything that reduces tobacco regulation or
re-normalises smoking would add to this tragic toll.
Labor will continue to follow the advice of independent experts on this
issue—including the recent advice of the Therapeutic Goods Administration and
National Health and Medical Research Council on e-cigarettes.
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