It’s time to legalise e-cigs to reduce smoking rates - CQ Today

Smoking continues to be the drug that kills more Australians than any other.

The best estimates indicate that smoking kills around 20,000 Australians annually compared to 6000 from alcohol and 2500 from illicit drugs.

Australia probably leads the world in reducing smoking rates. We were one of the first countries to place restrictions on advertising and include prominent warnings on packaging. We are at risk of losing that mantle, unfortunately, because of a reluctance to legalise e-cigarettes.

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