A Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will immediately crack down on the selling of e-cigarettes from Victorian retailers and individuals to children.
The Andrews Labor Government has done nothing to crack down on the illegal selling of e-cigarettes to children, posing a great risk to the health and wellbeing of young people.
Increased policing will work to monitor and restrict the selling of vapes to Victorians without a prescription, with a heavy focus on preventing children and adolescents from e-cigarette purchase and use.
Additionally, the Liberals and Nationals will launch an information campaign to increase education in Victorian schools on the dangers of vaping on our health to children and young adults.
Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy, said the rise in the use of e-cigarettes amongst young people is deeply concerning for parents.
“Children as young as 12-years-old have no idea they are being exposed to highly toxic, addictive and harmful chemicals in e-cigarettes with potentially deadly long-term health effects.”
“Only the Liberals and Nationals will ensure a crackdown on the illegal sale of e-cigarettes to young Victorians under 18 whilst boosting education on the risks of e-cigarette use in Victorian schools and in families to help combat the rising prevalence of vaping.”
Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier, said more information surrounding the health risks due to the use of e-cigarettes was needed for Victorian families and children.
“It’s clear that vaping has quickly become common use, even more concerningly amongst children, and it is imperative we don’t become complacent in regulating e-cigarette products.”
“Where Daniel Andrews and Labor have failed, the Liberals and Nationals will ensure Victorians understand the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and keep our children safe.”