AMA and 11 Education Groups Call for E-Cigarette Reform Legislation

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AMA and 11 Education Groups Call for E-Cigarette Reform Legislation
Australian Medical Association and 11 education groups urge federal government to pass e-cigarette reform bill due to school crisis.

According to a statement on the official website of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) on May 24th, the AMA has joined forces with 11 major education and parents' groups to call on lawmakers to pass federal government e-cigarette reform legislation.


The organization sent a joint letter to all Senators and Members of Parliament, warning that the crisis of e-cigarettes on Australian campuses is escalating. Teachers, principals, and parents are facing a difficult battle.


The President of the AMA, Steve Robson, stated:


In Australian schools, e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly normalized, while big tobacco companies and e-cigarette lobbying groups are willing to sacrifice children's health to keep these products on retail shelves.


The Australian federal government in the next stage of e-cigarette reform will ban the import, manufacture, supply, commercial ownership, and advertising of disposable and non-therapeutic e-cigarettes. These restrictions will prevent the widespread use of e-cigarettes and effectively remove them from school environments while maintaining the role of general practitioners in providing evidence-based care for those dealing with nicotine addiction. Currently, the legislation has passed in the House of Representatives.


These 12 collaborating organizations include:


The Australian Medical Association, the Australian Education Union, the Australian Council of State School Organisations, the Australian Parents Council, Catholic School Parents Australia, the Catholic Secondary Principals Association, the Australian Secondary Principals Association, the Australian Primary Principals Association, the National Catholic Education Commission, the Australian Special Education Principals Association, the Anglican Schools Commission, and Independent Schools Australia.


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