While nothing yet exists that will make bans for vaping and smoking irrelevant in other countries, new studies in Australia seem to suggest that large tobacco-restricting smoke-free laws, such as in Australia, are also improving public health.

Greater changes to existing laws in Australia show that if cities were open to such changes, like London and North America, it would make sense to also change tobacco laws there. Smoking laws have been overturned in city after city, and different types of weed have been banned.

Lead researcher from the Australian National University Professor Pam Hadfield told New Scientist that rules that have already been lifted have seen a dip in smoking rates. Vaping is the best buy way of moving away from smoking, she argued, noting that here in Australia, “we’ve seen drops of 11 percent per year in overall smoking and 19 percent in young men.”

But Melbourne state had previously fought the bans, while the Queensland government has since decided to ban it. Australia’s health minister Greg Hunt said that in nearly every case of smokers moving to vaping, they are those who used to smoke. “We know a 20 percent drop in smoking rates is a 40 percent cost savings in terms of healthcare and the lost productivity because people don’t have to go through the disease process.”

He added, “We don’t want to create the illusion that smoking is an attractive lifestyle choice.”

Read the full story at New Scientist.

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