Vince van Heerden is the man at the centre of a court challenge against a ruling finding him guilty of selling e-cigarettes under WA’s Tobacco Product Control Act for selling a device designed to look like a cigarette. As many of you would know he was actually acquitted in 2013, with the charges upheld on appeal by WA’s Health Department in 2014. Vince took the fight (with a bit of help thanks to the vaping community via GoFundMe) to the Supreme Court, arguing that e-cigarettes are tobacco harm reduction devices.
Vince has reported that the Court of Appeals has made its ruling and will deliver it in the Supreme Court on March 10 at 9:30am WA time.
Of the proceedings, Vince said it had been “an incredible and often exceedingly difficult journey”.
I want to thank all of you for the incredible support, both emotional and financial that has allowed this fight to happen.
This fight has been about taking a stand – for our rights, defending our freedoms of choice and action. Our fundamental right to a less harmful alternative to deadly tobacco.
It is truly a crazy world we live in, where a circumstance like this should ever eventuate and be necessary. What kind of world demands its citizens to raise inordinate amounts of money to defend their basic rights to health and free choice?
Moments like these I hope will be looked back on by historians as a lesson in how greed, corruption and ignorance may be wielded as a weapon against the masses, but no matter how overwhelmed we are, we will stand together and fight back for what is right.
I’m praying for the victory.
We are too.
You can follow the story further at the Vince’s GoFundMe page.