ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 17 October

Welcome to the latest 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.

The work of ACOSH is generously supported by Healthway and Lotterywest.

E-cigarettes: time to realign our approach?

One of the world’s leading medical journals The Lancet this week published an editorial ‘E-cigarettes: time to realign our approach?’ discussing the need to review the current evidence and approach to e-cigarettes, particularly for those countries that have allowed these products to be more freely available.


ABC Media Watch: “Dr Colin Mendelsohn fails to disclose donations from vaping companies”

After repeated denials that the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (apparently just three Directors and no other members) did not take $s from the vaping industry, an admission reported on national Television.


Update: Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use in the US

“As of October 8, 2019, 1,299* lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products have been reported to CDC from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 1 U.S. territory. Twenty-six deaths have been confirmed in 21 states.

All patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

Most patients report a history of using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products.

At this time, FDA and CDC have not identified the cause or causes of the lung injuries in these cases, and the only commonality among all cases is that patients report the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

This outbreak might have more than one cause, and many different substances and product sources are still under investigation. The specific chemical exposure(s) causing lung injuries associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping, remains unknown at this time.”



Trying to kick tobacco again

“Matthew Myers still doesn’t trust the tobacco industry. The president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, who successfully fought the powerful tobacco lobby in the late 1990s, is worried that the progress he and other health advocates have made over the past two decades is being eroded amid the rise of smokeless tobacco and flavored e-cigarettes.”


Prisoners to quit smoking as part of ‘Stoptober’ campaign

“Prisoners at Wooroloo Prison Farm are taking up the challenge to quit smoking during October as part of the first annual ‘Stoptober’ campaign.

The initiative, by Wooroloo Prison Farm and Cancer Council WA’s Make Smoking History, has seen around 70 prisoners sign up to stop smoking during October, with 20 of their peers choosing to attend a smoking cessation information session to learn strategies to help their mates.

Make Smoking History Manager Libby Jardine said she was pleased prisoners were participating in the campaign, as almost 75 per cent of WA prisoners are current smokers when they enter prison, compared to around 11.6 per cent of the WA general population.

“To see so many prisoners give quitting a go is an enormous achievement for all involved,” Ms Jardine said.”



How the Vaping Industry Is Using a Defensive Tactic Pioneered Decades Ago by Big Tobacco

“Big Tobacco’s playbook isn’t the only one available for reference all these decades later; activists’ examples can be followed too. And the key insight of the antismoking activism of the last century was that the most accessible levers of power were also the most effective. There’s a reason why industry is afraid of local government. Vigorous assertion of local control over vaping is not just good for public health. It’s good for democracy.


Los Angeles could ban all e-cigarettes and vaping devices

“Los Angeles officials are considering banning all e-cigarettes and vaping devices in the city, one of the most extreme proposals yet to curb a nationwide outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping.

San Francisco became the first city in the nation to ban e-cigarettes earlier this year. Massachusetts also recently instated a four-month ban on e-cigarettes, while Michigan and New York have outlawed flavored e-cigarette products.

L.A.’s proposal, introduced at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, would prohibit the sale of e-cigarette and vaping devices until they are deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration. Because the FDA has approved almost no such devices, the law would essentially ban all of them.”



Smoking Fewer Than 5 Cigarettes a Day Damages Your Lungs Almost as Much as Smoking a Whole Pack, Study Says

“Health officials have long argued there’s no safe amount of smoking—but, even still, many people assume a cigarette here and there doesn’t hurt. A new study published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine puts that notion to rest: It found smoking just a handful of cigarettes per day causes lung damage similar to smoking more than a pack per day.”


Breaking up with my Juul: why quitting vaping is harder than quitting cigarettes

“The electronic cigarette Juul was invented as a means to help its two co-founders quit smoking. But it’s surprisingly hard to quit the quitting tool. I found out 27 days ago when I took a final puff of my USB-shaped nicotine vape, which over the past year had become an extension of my arm.”


Event invitation: Where next in tobacco control?

ACOSH is co-hosting a free seminar with international guest speaker Professor Ruth Malone, University of California, San Francisco, editor-in-chief of the leading international tobacco control policy journal, Tobacco Control.

This event is being held on Monday 28 October at 9:00am – 12:00pm at Cullity Gallery (Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts), UWA.

Join us to hear international and national perspectives on future tobacco control strategies, product regulation, and highlights from the 2019 Oceania Tobacco Control Conference presented by Noni Walker, ACOSH Community Partnerships Director, Maurice Swanson ACOSH Chief Executive, Libby Jardine, Cancer Council WA Make Smoking History Manager, and Patricia Pearce, Aboriginal Health Council of WA Tackling Indigenous Smoking Coordinator.

Click here for more information and to register.



Event invitation: What a BMJ Editor REALLY wants – an inside view on maximising your publication

A workshop by Professor Ruth Malone, University of California, San Francisco, editor-in-chief of the international tobacco control policy journal, Tobacco Control, on how to get your paper published in a leading public health journal.

This event is being held on Tuesday 29 October at 12:00pm – 1:30pm at the Telethon Kids Institute.

Click here for more information and to register.


From the archives – PMI ruthlessly exploits harm reduction

Philip Morris International set out their strategy to ruthlessly exploit ‘harm reduction’ in a speech to the National Press Club in 2005. E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products are the trojan horses.

“It is reasonable, therefore, for us to seek to participate in shaping debate and policy around the contentious issues of tobacco and health. It is reasonable not only because there is much common ground between Philip Morris, public health authorities and tobacco control advocates; but also because we are able to make substantial contributions that help to shape appropriate policy directions and sound policy decisions. Our contributions can shape policies that offer opportunities to make progress towards reducing the harm caused by tobacco,” said Mr David Davies, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Philip Morris International



Tobacco Control News

Melbourne ‘Clears The Air’ With Bourke Street Mall Smoking Ban – 10 Daily

Big Tobacco, war and politics – Nature

Juul Is Behaving Differently In The Philippines Than In The U.S., Say Activists – NPR

Flight attendant union warns of “catastrophic” fire risk from e-cigarettes on planes – CBS News

New Full-Time Anti-Cigarette Official To Track And Slap Smokers With Hefty Fine – 10 daily

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