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**Big tobacco's losing streak on Plain Packaging continued**

In the UK three tobacco companies appealed against the dismissal of the legal challenge of Plain Packaging they made in May, yesterday this appeal was dismissed. Now the UK joins Australia (twice), France, European Union and Uruguay in the list of defeat!Tobacco industry defeats in plain packaging legal challenges

History of tobacco industry defeats in plain packaging legal challenges

Australia - Constitutional challenge dismissed by High Court of Australia Aug. 15, 2012.
Australia - A Philip Morris legal claim under bilateral Hong Kong-Australia investment agreement dismissed Dec. 17, 2015.
United Kingdom - On May 19, 2016, a tobacco industry legal challenge was dismissed. On Nov. 30, 2016, a tobacco industry appeal in this case was dismissed.
France - Plain packaging legislation upheld on Jan. 21, 2016 as constitutional by France's Constitutional Council.
European Union - On May 4, 2016 the European Court of Justice dismissed a tobacco industry legal challenge to the provision in the new Tobacco Products Directive that explicitly states that 28 EU countries have the option of implementing plain packaging.
Uruguay -A Philip Morris legal claim under bilateral Switzerland-Uruguay investment agreement dismissed July 8, 2016 regarding significant packaging restrictions (though not plain packaging).

 

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ACOSH welcomes new anti-smoking data

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The latest national survey showing that children's smoking rates are continuing to plummet has been welcomed by the Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH).

ACOSH acting President, Professor Kingsley Faulkner, said it was heartening to see a decrease in the number of young people smoking.

"This month's Australian Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey release reveals only 19.5 per cent students aged 12 to 17 reported ever smoking," Professor Kingsley said. "This is down more than three per cent during the reporting period (2011 to 2014).

"This downward trend has been a pattern for some years and we want to see it continue.

"It is also worth noting that smoking prevalence has continued to decline for both males and females aged 12 to 17 and it is now less than one third of what it was in 1993 (16.9 per cent down to 4.8 per cent)."

Professor Faulkner said the encouraging data was the result of several factors.
"The decline can be attributed to long-term public health campaigns, strong tobacco control legislation, annual tax increases, plain packaging and penalties for tobacco sales to children," he said.

Professor Faulkner warned that the community and Government should not be complacent.
"There's still a lot to be done in Western Australia including limiting the availability of tobacco products," he said.

Professor Faulkner said ACOSH's partnership with Smarter than Smoking and QuitVictoria on the Critics' Choice competition was another important initiative.
Students watch anti-smoking advertisements as part of the Critics' Choice competition and vote for their favourite

Professor Faulkner said the 2016 winner of the Critics' Choice competition was Christmas Island District High School. The school will receive a voucher to buy sporting equipment or educational resources.
-ENDS-

For more information please contact:

A/President, Professor Kingsley Faulkner, on 0419 936 677
ACOSH Executive Director, Dora Oliva, on 0419 044 233

Smoke-free Strata Housing Incentive Scheme Now Open for Applications

If you are considering developing a smoke-free by-law at the strata-titled property where you live or that you manage, ACOSH is available to assist you with your efforts. All you need to do is complete and submit the application form below.

Please read the guidelines below, and carefully consider all the criteria. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your initiative with ACOSH staff please call 6365 5436 or 6365 5438 or email acosh@acosh.org. Please allow at least three weeks to get a response on your application.

Download the application form here

Download the guidelines here

ACOSH Community Tobacco Control Grants Now Open for Applications

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) ‘Small Community Incentive Scheme' provides funding to strata corporations, sporting clubs and community groups. The ‘Small Community Incentive' scheme can fund implementation of tobacco control policy, as well as monitoring and enforcement compliance of current tobacco control policy and legislation.

ACOSH now invites applications for The Tobacco Control Small Community Incentive Scheme.

ACOSH staff will assist community members and other health organisations to clarify any questions. ACOSH staff will provide appropriate resources, copies of smoke-free policies, share successful cases and other guidance needed to implement initiatives supported by the incentive scheme. Contact us now on acosh@acosh.org

Download the application form here

Download the application guide here

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