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Parliamentary Questions


Question Without Notice No. 563 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 June 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

SCHOOLS — ANTI-VAPING TOOLKIT

563. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the Minister for Education and Training:

I refer the minister to The West Australian newspaper of 10 June, which promoted the launch of the government's anti-vaping campaign. In the article, the minister lauded the materials being made available to teachers and students that vaping, and I quote, is ''very addictive'', ''linked to serious lung disease'' and that ''vapes can leave a young person at increased risk of depression and anxiety''.

(1) Can the minister please advise what scientific evidence backs these claims?

(2) Can the minister table in the house all the health and other scientific studies used to justify the sweeping statements contained in the toolkit that is being distributed as part of the vaping scare campaign?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) I table a copy of the vaping evidence summary from the anti-vaping toolkit.

I point out to the honourable member that if she had looked at the toolkit, she would have seen at the back an eight-page document providing a summary and links to every single bit of evidence that was relied upon to put the toolkit together.

[See paper 1347.]