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Tax Increase will save thousands of lives

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) has congratulated the Federal Government for maintaining a significant increase in tobacco tax in its 2016 budget.

"Increasing tax on tobacco is the single most effective thing that Governments can do to cut smoking and reduce the thousands of preventable deaths that smoking causes each year in Australia," said Maurice Swanson, president of ACOSH.



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 up to $1000 under 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

Click here to download the Application Form

Click here to download the Application Guidelines

Click here to download the Evaluation Form

10th of March 2016

Electronic Cigarettes Sale Illegal in WA.

Full Bench of the Supreme Court today unanimously decided to dismiss the appeal raised by Mr Vincent Van Heerden against the Department of Health in relation to section 106 of the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006. 

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26th of February 2016

Media Release
Federal Government Report Confirms Impact of Plain Packaging

The Federal Government has today released a comprehensive report confirming that the plain packaging of tobacco is responsible for one quarter of the total decline in smoking in Australia over the last three years.

"This report confirms what leading health organisations in Australia predicted would be the likely impact of plain packaging", said Mr Maurice Swanson, President of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health.

The Federal Government's report compliments other evidence that plain packaging severely restricts the ability of the pack to communicate and create appeal for smoking with young people and adults.

"Australia now leads the world in reducing the rates of smoking with a daily prevalence of smoking of 12.8% among adults.

"This is the result of implementing a comprehensive range of policies including bans on all forms of tobacco advertising and promotion, regular tax increases, hard-hitting public education campaigns, expansion of smoke free areas, and now plain packaging", Mr Swanson said.

These policies have been supported by both major political parties in Australia for many years.


For more information please contact: ACOSH President Maurice Swanson 0401 090 9150401 090 915

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