The Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) has welcomed the health minister’s decision to commission further research into e-cigarettes.
The aim, the health minister says, is to help Australians stop smoking traditional tobacco.
“It’s encouraging to see the draconian position of a blanket ban, which fails to recognise the potential health benefits of these products, being reconsidered,” AACS CEO Jeff Rogut said.
“It’s everyday Australians who smoke, and who want to quit, whose lives are at risk.
“We’re hopeful this new research takes an unbiased approach and is based on international case studies where the evidence for the positive health impacts of vaping is both clear and compelling.”
Australians’ right to choose
The AACS says it supports Australians’ right to choose. It also believes in ready access to more, not fewer, options for people looking to quit smoking traditional tobacco.
Legal tobacco, on average, accounts for about 38 per cent of a typical convenience store’s sales. As the number of smokers naturally declines, e-cigarettes have the potential to be a profitable category for these small businesses.
The AACS ‘State of the Industry Report 2017’ highlights the potential for convenience stores to be a destination for e-cigarettes and other quit-smoking products.
Key findings of AACS research
- 54 per cent of Australians view the legalisation of e-cigarettes as a potential vote-influencing or even vote-changing issue; and
- 73 per cent of Australians would support the legalisation of e-cigarettes to help smokers quit.
The AACS says it has identified several key considerations in the legalisation of e-cigarettes. These include:
- restrictions in sales to minors, ensuring they’re child-tamper proof
- contain an ingredients list
- comply with quality standards; and
- are manufactured and sold with strict safety standards in place.