Labor pushes for tighter laws on e-cigarettes

LABOR is pushing for tougher restrictions on e-cigarettes that would ban their use in enclosed spaces and outlaw their advertising in New South Wales.

The State Government has already introduced a bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to people under 18.

Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord wants the battery-operated nicotine vaporisers to be treated like normal cigarettes and prohibited in hotels, public transport and other non-smoking areas.

Researchers are divided on their effectiveness in helping smokers to quit their habit, with some arguing they can act as a gateway to smoking.

"While I see the Government's bill as a first step, it does not go far enough. The community wants e-cigarettes appropriately regulated," Mr Secord said.

"Banning the sale to minors is the absolute minimum.

"We believe the laws that apply to tobacco's display and use in NSW should also apply to e-cigarettes."


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