ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 13 Sept

Welcome to the third edition of the ACOSH Advocacy in Action e-bulletin. 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.

The work of ACOSH is generously supported by Healthway.

Tobacco Products Control Act 2006

After returning to the Legislative Assembly, amendments to the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 have been passed by both houses and are awaiting assent on 9 November 2018.

The new Bill will tighten restrictions on the sale of tobacco, with an emphasis on protecting children.

Western Australia will become the first State in Australia to make it illegal for employees under the age of 18 to sell tobacco products in retail outlets.



Tax Increase will save thousands of lives

ACOSH published a media release to congratulate the Federal Government for maintaining a significant and regular increase in tobacco tax.

“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, Executive Director of ACOSH.



Inquiry on Personal Choice and Community Safety

ACOSH is drafting a submission to the Select Committee on Personal Choice and Community Safety.The committee, chaired by Liberal Democrat Aaron Stonehouse, will inquire into and report on the economic and social impact of measures introduced in  Western Australia to restrict personal choice ‘for the individual’s own good’, with particular reference to-

(1) risk-reduction products such as e-cigarettes, e-liquids and heat-not-burn tobacco products, including any impact on the wellbeing, enjoyment and finances of users and non-users;

(2) outdoor recreation such as cycling and aquatic leisure, including any impact on the wellbeing, enjoyment and finances of users and non-users; and

(3) any other measures introduced to restrict personal choice for individuals as a means of preventing harm to themselves.



Personal Choice and Community Safety Committee anti-health and anti-common sense

The AMA (WA) published a media release following the announcement of the Select Committee on Personal Choice and Community Safety.

“We are a safer and healthier community because of a history of health and safety legislation passed over many decades. This should not be denigrated or dismantled easily and some of the ideas likely to get a platform will be unfortunate,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.



High exposure to nicotine among adolescents who use Juul and other vape pod systems (‘pods’)

A new study published in BMJ found adolescents who use pod systems (such as ‘Juul’) had higher urinary cotinine levels than adolescents who regularly smoked conventional tobacco cigarettes.

Product testing revealed the pods contained nicotine in a form of salt, with concentrations considerably higher than previously reported in older generations of e-cigarettes.

The results raise concerns about the potential for earlier and more significant nicotine addiction in teens.



Tobacco Control News

Health experts criticise Newcastle Uni for allowing smoking back on campus – Newcastle Herald

Council’s vaping project with British American Tobacco labelled ‘a disgrace’ – The Guardian

FDA Threatens to Pull E-Cigarettes to Fight the Rise of Kids Vaping – Bloomberg

Cancers ‘rising around the world’ – BBC News

Two more peer reviewed papers find that PMI’s own data shows IQOS is more dangerous than PMI claims, likely as bad as cigarettes – Stanton A. Glantz