ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 22 November

Welcome to the eighth 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.

Results from US 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey show dramatic increase in e-cigarette use

Key findings from the United States 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey include:

• A 78% increase among high school students (and a 48% increase in middle school students) in current e-cigarette use between 2017 and 2018.

• Among high school e-cigarette users, current use of any flavoured e-cigarettes went up from 60.9% to 67.8%; current use of menthol- or mint-flavoured e-cigarettes increased from 42.3% to 51.2%.

• During 2017–2018, overall tobacco product use also increased by 38% among high school students. This reverses a decline in recent years.

On 15 November the US FDA tabled new regulations to ban methol cigarettes and flavoured cigars, and impose sales restrictions on flavoured e-cigarettes. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the purpose was to make nicotine products “less accessible and less appealing to children.”


Maternal smoking and low family income during pregnancy as predictors of the relationship between depression and adiposity in young adults

A recent analysis from the UWA Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study has shown a strong link between low-income mothers who smoked while pregnant and the co-existence of obesity and depression in their children.


Did you know? All public housing in the US is now smoke-free

In 2016, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a new rule requiring smoke-free buildings and a 25-foot buffer zone in public housing, which came into effect in July 2018.

The policy is designed to protect the estimated 2.1 million residents who live in public housing in the US from secondhand smoke.

ACOSH is advocating for a similar policy in all housing provided by the State Government in Western Australia.



2018 Bob Elphick Medal

The 2018 Bob Elphick Medal presentation will be held on Friday, 7 December 2018, 7:30AM at Matilda Bay Restaurant.

The medal commemorates the exceptional achievements of former ACOSH President, Dr Bob Elphick, and is awarded annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to tobacco control in Western Australia or Nationally.

Please RSVP (with any dietary requirements) to Lucy Scott on 08 6365 5436 or



Tobacco Control News

Big tobacco’s new marketing push: Smartphones, style and EDM – Engadget

FDA unveils sweeping anti-tobacco effort to reduce underage vaping and smoking – The Washington Post

Juul Suspends Selling Most E-Cigarette Flavors in Stores – The New York Times

Chart of the day: Half the world’s deaths are from four preventable factors – ABC News

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