Urgent Call to Action:
Victorian Tobacco Amendment Bill
On June 8th the Victorian Government will be voting on the Tobacco Amendment Bill, which will regulate e-cigarettes the same way as tobacco products. Vendors will not be able to display their products or offer juice tasting in-house, and users will not be able to vape in smoke-free zones. Vape Meets at pubs and clubs will be banned.
These restrictions will cripple the retail vaping industry, discourage smokers from switching to e-cigarettes and force vapers into smoking areas in public places. It sends a strong message that vaping is just as bad as smoking. In future, as even more severe restrictions are placed on smoking, vaping will be included.
This Bill was introduced without any public consultation.
We need to get the Liberals in the Legislative Assembly/Lower House to accept that there has not been enough consultation on this important issue, and that the Bill needs to be sent to Committee or Parliamentary Inquiry. We need to write to them WITHIN A WEEK. The Bill will go again to the Lower House/Legislative Assembly on June 8th, and we need to make sure the Liberal members are contacted before this date, the earlier the better.
So this week, it’s all about the Legislative Assembly/Lower House. If you are in a Labor seat, it’s still worth writing. As a voter in their seat, a letter written directly by yourself (not a copy and paste) is thought to represent at least 200 people’s opinions. A real typed or hand written letter delivered has more impact than email. Do both. It’s also worth writing seperately to the Shadow Health Minister, Mary Wooldridge. She is key.
Your Letter To Members of the Legislative Assembly (see list below)
a) explain that you are writing about the Tobacco Amendment Bill before Victorian Parliament that would severely restrict vaping
b) say how you think it could harm yourself and thousands of Victorian vapers
c) give your personal story about how vaping has helped you
d) say that this is too important to rush through without consultation and you humbly request them to reject the current Bill and subject it to an Inquiry or Committee where consultations with other public health experts, vape shops, and consumers can occur.
e) email your letter and for maximum effect, print, sign and post it as well
f) send your own original letter by bulk email to all Members if you wish
Following is a list of contact details for Victorian Liberal Party Members of the Legislative Assembly (Lower House). Details for all members will be added shortly.
Victorian Legislative Assembly (Liberal Party)
Matthew Guy – Leader of the Opposition (Bulleen)
Shop 30D, Bulleen Plaza, 101 Manningham Road, Bulleen, VIC 3105
Heidi Victoria (Bayswater)
2/40 Station St
Bayswater VIC 3153
David Morris (Mornington)
321 Main Street
Gary Blackwood (Narracan)
3/24 Mason Street
Warragul VIC 3820
Murray Thompson (Sandringham)
56-60 Bay Road
Shadow Health Minister (Legislative Council)
Mary Wooldridge – (Eastern Metropolitan Region)
PO Box 428, Blackburn, VIC 3130
For more detailed guidelines on how to write to politicians please read this thread.
The same principles apply when writing to State politicians as they do to Federal MPs
Contact details for all Members of the Victorian Legislative Assembly: