The Heart Foundation welcomes the passing of the Public Health (Tobacco and Other Products) Bill 2023 in Parliament today as a critical action to prevent and further reduce the heart health harm caused to people by tobacco products and nicotine addiction.
Heart Foundation CEO, David Lloyd said smoking and vaping both present major heart health risks to people living in Australia: smoking makes people four times more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke, and three times more likely to die from sudden cardiac death.
“The Heart Foundation commends the multi-partisan efforts of the Parliament and congratulates the Australian Government for today’s passing of new tobacco control legislation,” he said.
“Importantly, these new laws will play a key role in helping to protect a new generation of young Australians from a life sentence of poor heart health.
“We’ve come so far in this decades-long battle against smoking and now vaping. These new laws are just the support we need to continue to reduce the burden of disease and death caused by tobacco and nicotine products.”
Recent research also shows that e-cigarette use can lead to the uptake of tobacco smoking and increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, further demonstrating how much of a game-changer these laws are for the fight against smoking and nicotine.
The Heart Foundation commends the Parliament for its positive action today and congratulates Health Minister Mark Butler and the Australian Government for their commitment to the health and wellbeing of all people living in Australia.
Key improvements to Australia’s tobacco control measures in this legislation include:
Updated and improved graphic health warnings on packaging
Health promotion inserts in tobacco product packaging
Ensuring e-cigarettes are also covered by advertising restrictions
Limiting the use of appealing brand and variant names that imply reduced harm
In-line with many other countries around the world, preventing the use of menthol in tobacco products
New reporting requirements for the tobacco industry, including the reporting of ingredients used in tobacco products.