ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 12 December

Welcome to the final edition of the ACOSH Advocacy in Action e-bulletin for 2019. We aim to provide topical information on advocacy for tobacco control in Western Australia, Nationally and around the world. Please forward to others who may be interested. Thank you for your support.

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Good news – a further decline in smoking – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018-19

• Daily smoking among adults declined from 41% in 2012/13 to 37% 2018/2019

• The proportion of young people who had never smoked increased — from 77% to 85% for those aged 15–17 years and from 43% to 50% for those aged 18–24 years.

​These results highlight the need for a comprehensive approach to maintain teenagers as non-smokers as they transition to young adults and accelerate the decline among adults. There is also a need to focus on cessation in remote areas which have not recorded a significant decline.


United States: 6.2 million middle and high school students used tobacco products in 2019

“About 6.2 million U.S. middle and high school students were current (past 30-day) users of some type of tobacco product in 2019, according to new National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) data released in today’s [5 Dec] Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The survey found that about 1 in 3 high school students (4.7 million) and about 1 in 8 middle school students (1.5 million) are current tobacco users.

For the sixth year in a row, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among high school (27.5%) and middle school students (10.5%). Tobacco products used by middle and high school students were not limited to e-cigarettes, but also included cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, hookahs, and pipe tobacco.”

“Our Nation’s youth are becoming increasingly exposed to nicotine, a drug that is highly addictive and can harm brain development,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “Youth use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe. It is incumbent upon public health and healthcare professionals to educate Americans about the risks resulting from this epidemic among our youth.”


Turkey switches to plain packaging to deter smokers

“Turkey will switch to plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products on Thursday [5 Dec].

The Agriculture and Forestry Ministry overseeing the implementation of the regulation announced that manufacturers will begin producing plain packs for cigarettes and similar products while sales of older, branded packages will end on Jan. 5, 2020.

The move is expected to serve as a detraction for would-be smokers, especially among the youth, and curb tobacco and cigarette sales. It is also the latest step in a massive government campaign, which started in 2009, to reduce the number of smokers in the country, once the subject of a notorious expression, “smoking like a Turk.””


The road to vaping – How unfounded faith in the benefits of vaping helped hook a new generation on nicotine

“Less than two years ago, the federal government officially welcomed the vaping industry to Canada. The belief among policy-makers and public health experts was that e-cigarettes were safer than combustible cigarettes and would help smokers kick their habit. That’s not what happened.”

This story is part of Vape Fail, a CBC News series examining some of the policy failures that led to the adoption of vaping as a smoking alternative and the resulting consequences.



Nova Scotia becomes first province to adopt ban on flavoured vaping products

“In the push to curb the number of young people who vape, flavoured e-cigarettes have become a prime target for health experts who say candy, dessert and fruit tastes are luring young people into a dangerous habit. Now, Nova Scotia is fighting back, becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to adopt a ban on flavoured vaping products, effective April 1.”


Are they safe to inhale?’: Vaping liquids in Canada contain potentially harmful chemicals, tests show

“E-cigarette liquids currently on the Canadian market contain potentially harmful chemicals, including a suspected carcinogen banned in food in the U.S.

CBC News independently tested several nicotine vaping liquids at the Western New York Center for Research on Flavored Tobacco Products (CRoFT) in Buffalo, N.Y., last month.

The test results found two chemicals in particular, pulegone and benzaldehyde, that could be dangerous to human health when vaped at high levels.

“We tested some flavours that show high toxicity,” said Maciej Goniewicz, a leading e-cigarette researcher and associate professor of oncology at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“We found some chemicals that raise concerns, particularly when it comes to inhalation.”



Update: Nationwide Outbreak of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use – Associated Lung Injuries — United States, December 2019

What is already known about this topic?

Patients with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) in Illinois and Wisconsin reported using a variety of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products in the 3 months preceding illness; a product labeled “Dank Vapes” was most commonly reported.

What is added by this report?

Nationally, Dank Vapes were the most commonly reported THC-containing product by hospitalized EVALI patients, but a wide variety of products were reported, with regional differences. Data suggest the outbreak might have peaked in mid-September.

What are the implications for public health practice?

These data further support the association of EVALI with THC-containing products; it is unlikely that one brand is responsible for the outbreak. CDC recommends that persons not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC.”



GDP update: spending dips and saving soars as we stash rather than spend our tax cuts

Cigarette consumption in Australia fell another 2.9% in the quarter. Biggest quarterly drop in 3 years, down to $4.4b


Could life insurance go up in smoke for some vapers?

“LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global reinsurers are stepping up their warnings to life insurer clients about the potential risks of vaping, putting pressure on underwriters to charge certain vapers higher rates than smokers, or even exclude them altogether.”


Tobacco Control Tweet of the Week

“Global tobacco giant JTI knowingly sells and promotes a lethal product in 130 countries, downplays the harms of smoking and opposes evidence based action that saves lives. Grotesque that its PR spin includes tweets about “Respecting Human Rights” said @DrOliviaDoll1


Former WA Health Minister Barry Hodge honoured as tobacco control champion

The Honourable Barry Hodge, former WA Health Minister, has been named this year’s winner of the prestigious Dr Bob Elphick Medal.

The award was presented to Mr Hodge by the Honourable Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health, in Perth last week.

“He commissioned a series of reports on priorities for health promotion. And he nailed his colours firmly to the mast of tobacco control:

• He introduced a Bill to prohibit the advertising and promotion of tobacco in WA

• Implemented the first major increase in state tobacco tax, with an allocation for a new Smoking and Health Project.

• Committed sustainable funding for a program that speedily became Australia’s leading Quit campaign – with a range of innovative ads and campaigns.

• Through his role in the Australian Health Ministers Council, Barry led pressure for action nationally to curb tobacco advertising.

• He led action that resulted in the introduction nationally of the first effective health warnings on cigarette packets.

• He supported moves for smoke free areas

• And – as we have since learned from once confidential tobacco industry documents – the industry identified him early as a major problem.”


From the Archives – Tobacco industry campaign to defeat ad ban in 1983

One of the many misleading full page press advertisements placed by the tobacco industry to defeat the 1983 Government Bill to prohibit tobacco advertising in WA.

This year’s Dr Bob Elphick Medal winner, Hon Barry Hodge, described the massive campaign run by the tobacco industry to defeat his government’s Bill to prohibit the advertising of tobacco in WA.



Tobacco Control News

ALERT: Handshake, a PMI-Funded Consulting Firm, is Approaching Researchers to Support the Transformation Story –

Associations between dual use of e-cigarettes and smoking cessation: a prospective study of smokers in England – Addictive Behaviours

E-cigarettes: harm reduction or rehabilitation of the tobacco industry? – International Journal of Public Health

E-Cigarette Regulations Survive Industry’s Legal Challenge – Bloomberg

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