Vaping while driving in the presence of children under 16 is prohibited
Since December 1, 2015, in the state of New South Wales in Australia, the use of an e-cigarette in a car is forbidden in the presence of children under 16 years old. Drivers violating this rule are liable to a fine of AU $250, roughly 165€.
Dr Jo Mitchell, the executive director of the Centre for Population Health, announced that the new measures regarding electronic cigarettes are intended to “protect children against all associated potential harms.”
The new provisions that are being enforced on December 1, 2015, include the prohibition of display and advertising for e-cigarettes and accessories. The sales ban on tobacco products to minors had become effective on September 1, 2015.
A public education campaign should raise awareness about the law prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in a car with children present. Health authorities have also addressed letters to retailers and key industry organizations to raise awareness about the new bans on the display and advertising.