ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 27 September

Welcome to the fourth 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.

City of Vincent rejects Highgate cigar bar

City of Vincent have rejected a change of use application for a commercial premises in Highgate that would have allowed a members-only cigar bar to operate at the premises.

ACOSH advocated against the cigar bar and congratulates Mayor Emma Cole and Councillors, in particular Dr Jonathan Hallet, for their support towards this outcome.

Also a special thanks to City of Vincent resident Melissa Ledger, Cancer Council WA Prevention and Research Director, who personally spoke against the proposal at the Council Meeting.



Northern Territory’s Tobacco Control Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

ACOSH provided a submission to the inquiry into the NT’s Tobacco Control Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

As a long-standing recipient of the ACOSH & AMA Dirty Ashtray Award (12 times since the award was first presented in 1994), ACOSH welcomed the proposed amendments, which focus on expanding smoke free areas, restricting vending machines, prohibiting child employees from selling tobacco products and regulating e-cigarettes.

ACOSH also outlined opportunities to further strengthen the NT’s Tobacco Control Act.



Product preferences among Australian young adult e‐cigarette users

Research published this week in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, and funded by Healthway, shows young Australian e‐cigarette users preference e‐cigarettes that contain nicotine and flavourings.

The results highlight the need for flavourings in e-liquids to be regulated; and existing prohibitions on the unauthorised supply of liquid nicotine better enforced.



North Sydney set to become Australia’s first smoke-free CBD

North Sydney Council this week unanimously passed mayor Jilly Gibson’s recommendation to make its CBD one of the first smoke-free business districts in Australia.

“It might encourage a lot more workers to think ‘this is too difficult, it’s expensive, it’s bad for my health and now I can’t even smoke in the CBD where I work and I’m going to give up’,” said Cr Gibson.



FDA launch youth e-cigarette prevention campaign amid evidence of sharply rising use among kids

In a series of efforts to stop an “epidemic” of teenage vaping, the US Food and Drug Administration launched an education campaign aimed at over 10 million teens at risk for e-cigarette use and nicotine addiction.

“We’re in possession of data that shows a disturbingly sharp rise in the number of teens using e-cigarettes in just the last year,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said. “In short, there’s no good news.”



WA Aboriginal Tobacco Control Strategic Leadership Team

ACOSH met with the WA Aboriginal Tobacco Control Strategic Leadership Team on 19-20 September in Geraldton, hosted by Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service.

Representatives from the Kimberley, Great Southern, Mid-West and Perth metropolitan region attended the meeting.

The team shared success stories, barriers and brainstormed joint state-wide initiatives to effectively address Aboriginal smoking and tobacco control in WA.



Tobacco Control News

Taking the E-asy path: E-cigarettes not the only option to address tobacco harms – BMJ

Prevalence of Cannabis Use in Electronic Cigarettes Among US Youth – JAMA

Why Vitamin vaping is a no-go – Vogue

FDA Targets Vaping, Alarmed by teenage use – The New York Times