The smoking rate in Australia has fallen by more than half in the past 30 years. However, the popularity of e-cigarettes makes the federal government need to strengthen the control of e-cigarettes, especially for teenagers.
E-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular, especially for teenagers. Many e-cigarettes are sold for them. From 2016 to 2019, the proportion of Australians aged 18-24 who smoke e-cigarettes rose to 26%. The Australian National University found that teenagers who use e-cigarettes are three to five times more likely to start smoking tobacco cigarettes.
The net cost of smoking in Australia is estimated to be $136.9 billion from 2015 to 2016. Smoking is not only harmful to the health of smokers, but also increases the medical cost of the community.
When it comes to public health, the government balances it with broader social issues. These include the social costs of providing medical services for related health problems and the responsibility to protect Australians.
Australia's continued use of e-cigarettes without stricter regulation is a risk that Australia cannot afford, so it is necessary to strengthen the control of e-cigarette