I am writing today to ask you, as a Member of the Health Committee, to help protect our access to healthier tobacco alternatives in the Smokefree Bill.
I was a smoker for a long time. But the governments proactive and sensible approach to less harmful alternatives enabled me to kick the habit and live a healthier life.
Quitting wasn’t easy – and I know it isn’t for many people – but easy access to a range of affordable options helped me to find what worked best.
For me, that meant an e-cigarette.
And thanks to the access to e-cigarettes in our country, I’ve managed to stay smoke free.
Reducing the number of cigarette outlets is a significant move – but doing the same for healthier alternatives will just push more people back towards cigarettes or on to the black market.
So for the sake of switchers like me – and current smokers that could lead a healthier life – I urge you and the rest of the committee to use the Smokefree Bill to protect our access to vapes and e-cigarettes.