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Smokers underestimate cost impact as research shows prices starting to bite

Double the number of smokers actually quit or reduced their smoking compared to the percentage who anticipated an impact of price rises on their smoking. And quitting now might be like an $18,000 pa pay rise.
Ahead of World No Tobacco Day tomorrow (31 May 2016), Cancer Council Western Australia has released the results of a survey conducted of smokers before the first round of price increases in 2013 which asked them to predict how they thought a price increase would affect them.
Smokers were then subsequently asked in 2014 and 2015 how the price increase actually did affect them.
Cancer Council Education and Research Director Terry Slevin said there was a clear difference of perception versus reality.
"The actual effect was twice as large as smokers predicted - only 20 per cent thought it would make a difference to them, and in reality the price increases have made a difference to 40 per cent of smokers surveyed," Mr Slevin said.
"With another round of tax rises due to commence on September 1 this year we hope those who are continuing to smoke will make the call early and see the sense of kicking the health and wealth sapping habit.
"The good news is once that happens, they'll potentially be freeing up to $14,000 a year to spend on other things. That may be anything from money for better holidays, speed up knocking over the mortgage, or up to $14,000 more potentially to help with household bills," Mr Slevin said.
He said the price of cigarettes is set to balloon out to almost $40 per pack by 2020, which will cost pack-a-day smokers over $14,000 a year to sustain their deadly habit.
This means smokers on the average wage will need to earn an extra pre-tax salary of approximately $18,000 to meet the cost of smoking.
"And who would not want a $18,000ps pay rise?"
The latest price increase is the outcome of a commitment by both major political parties to increase tobacco excise by 12.5% each year from 2017 to 2020 ahead of the upcoming July 2 Federal Election.
It extends an existing commitment by the current government to increase tax annually by 12.5% from December 2013 to 1 September this year.
There are 250,000 smokers in WA, and up to 160,000 of them will die due to a smoking-caused disease if they don't quit.
"Smoking cuts smokers' lives short by 10 years on average, but as soon as you quit your body begins to repair itself, so not only will you save money but you'll be a lot healthier as well," Mr Slevin said.
ACOSH President Maurice Swanson said increasing excise is the single most effective strategy for government to reduce premature death due to smoking, with evidence showing the increase in excise in 2010 (25% increase) resulted in an 11% fall in tobacco consumption.
"Research shows that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use among lower-income groups and in preventing young people from starting to smoke.
"It's estimated the proposed increases from 2017 to 2020 will result in 320,000 current smokers quitting over the next four years and 40,000 teenagers deterred from taking up smoking.
"Cigarettes are only going to get more and more expensive. World No Tobacco Day is a great opportunity to draw a line in the sand and quit.
"'Now' has never been a better time to quit smoking," Mr Swanson said.

For further information and media interviews, please contact:
Natacha Hammond, Cancer Council WA, nhammond@cancerwa.asn.au<mailto:nhammond@cancerwa.asn.au> or
0422 007 160

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

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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 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

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

To download a PDF of this media release click here





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