AVATAR is a not-for-profit association that works with government and the media to promote and protect the rights of vapers across Australia. Our membership comprises retailers, traders, and consumers of personal vapouriser devices and other smoke-free products.
We are funded entirely through member contributions and have no affiliations whatsoever with the tobacco industry or any of its representatives.
AVATAR is a registered not-for-profit headquartered in South Australia, incorporation number A43313.
AVATAR advocates for the use of vaporisers as a paradigm shift in the way people quit smoking and use nicotine, in line with the hundreds of public health bodies around the world who agree and accept that vapourisers are one of the biggest public health opportunities in the last fifty years.
While we approach this topic from an industry perspective, we also advocate on behalf of the communities in which we operate and the hundreds of thousands of Australians from all walks of life who are using vapourisers to free themselves from the shackles of tobacco addiction.
AVATAR is actively involved in negotiating with governments around Australia to introduce strong, sensible regulation of this industry. Our objective is to encourage the adoption of a clear set of regulations based on regulations recently introduced in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Australia remains one of the only developed countries in the world still attempting to suppress the vapouriser industry despite clear medical, scientific, and statistical evidence demonstrating that vaping is substantially safer than traditional combustible tobacco, a fact that almost no public health organisation in the world disputes.
We propose five regulatory areas of immediate concern, which will likely reveal more policy silences on the issue of vaporisers: