A Mandurah vape vendor has welcomed the delivery of a petition supporting the legalisation of vaping by Member for the South Metropolitan Region Aaron Stonehouse.
On August 17, Mr Stonehouse visited family run business Major Vapour as part of an effort drum up 50,000 signatures for the petition.
The store, located near Mandurah’s Dolphin Quay shopping precinct, is owned and run by Wayne Jodie Hawkins.
Mr Stonehouse, who was recently appointed as West Australian spokesperson for Legalise Vaping Australia, met with the duo to discuss the issue.
“Wayne is one of the most knowledgeable people that I’ve met within the industry, so I truly am delighted that he’s agreed to promote our petition to legalise vaping,” Mr Stonehouse said.
“I support vaping, the Liberals seems to be coming around as well, but the government has the numbers, so we need to figure out a way to get them on board the vape-train as well.
“One of the problems with the current ban is that it pushes people to use dangerous alternatives, like buying e-cigarettes online and then relying on YouTube videos to put them together.
“Wayne took me aback when he pulled open a drawer and showed me all of the dangerous e-cigarettes that he has voluntarily confiscated from customers over the years.
“The ban on e-liquids containing nicotine is pretty dumb as well.
“You can already buy nicotine in patch-form, and having it in liquid-form really helps those hardened smokers kick the habit.
“New Zealand has legalised vaping.
“The UK Parliament has just come out with a report saying how people should be allowed to vape on buses and trains.
“The evidence stacks up.
“Wayne doesn’t want to set the world aflame.
“He just wants to help people to quit smoking and to make a living for himself and his family.
“And if I can help to make that happen by making some noise and rounding up signatures, then so be it.”