Heart Foundation welcomes electronic cigarette ban that comes into effect today

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The Heart Foundation welcomes the start of new legislation that prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes and related accessories to children from today.
The Heart Foundation welcomes the start of new legislation that prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes and related accessories to children from today. 
 
Heart Foundation NSW Chief Executive Kerry Doyle said the ban of the sale of e-cigarettes to children and is an important legal recognition that e-cigarettes are a new type of smoking which needs to be regulated.  
 
We congratulate the commitment of the NSW Minister for Health, the Hon. Jillian Skinner, for introducing this important measure.
 
“E-cigarettes are manufactured in sweet, fruity and confectionery flavours which are attractive to children and are readily accessible. It is important that NSW acts now to prevent children from taking up a habit which could expose them to future nicotine addiction. 
 
“NSW has a very strong record of protecting the community against the harms of smoking and smoking rates in children in NSW are down to 7.5 per cent. This legislation will help make sure this great success continues,” Ms Doyle said.
 
The Heart Foundation would also like the NSW Government to make further legislative changes to protect people from e-cigarettes in smoke-free public spaces. 
 
“Since July this year the community now enjoys smoke-free air in outdoor dining areas such as cafes.  We would like to see legislation that bans the use of e-cigarettes in all smoke-free areas to protect children, who frequent these locations, and also to protect the broader community.
 
“Our concern is that e-cigarette use in smoke-free spaces may re-normalise smoking behaviour and may expose people to harmful chemicals in e-cigarette vapours,” Ms Doyle said.
 
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Media contact: Julia Power, NSW and ACT Media Manager – 0478 313 656