ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 28 November

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.

2019 Dr Bob Elphick Medal Presentation

The 2019 Dr Bob Elphick Medal presentation will be held on Friday, 6 December 2019, 7:30 am at the Matilda Bay Restaurant.

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

Please RSVP (with any dietary requirements) by Monday 2 December to Lucy Scott at



Juul spreads over the world as home market collapses in scandal

“The embattled American vape company Juul is pushing foreign governments to ditch strict e-cigarette regulations as it aggressively expands across the globe in an attempt to offset lost profits in the US.

Juul, which sells sleek e-cigarettes and flavoured nicotine “pods” that have become a craze among American teenagers, is planning to enter new markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. As it expands, the company has spent millions of dollars lobbying politicians in an attempt to pre-empt or roll back relevant regulations on products in several different countries.”



Health taxes: a primer

“This document summarizes the evidence on the health and economic impact of health taxes (those imposed on products with a negative public health impact like tobacco, alcohol, sugar-sweetened beverages and fossil fuels). These taxes result in healthier populations and generate revenues for the budget even in the presence of illicit trade/evasion. Furthermore, these are progressive measures which benefit low-income populations relatively more once health care costs and health burden are taken into account.”


Vaping giant Juul pushes for more addictive e‑cigarettes

The vaping giant Juul is lobbying for stronger and more addictive e-cigarettes to be sold in the UK after Brexit, despite being blamed by many for a teen vaping “epidemic” in the US.

The company has worked behind the scenes to build a substantial PR and lobbying operation across Westminster, including hiring executives with ties to government, an investigation by the Bureau has found. It is also working to lift stringent advertising restrictions on its products.


Canada: How the vaping industry is targeting teens – and getting away with it

“It’s illegal for Canada’s new smoking barons to sell their wares with lifestyle advertising or kid-friendly flavours – yet with the help of social-media influencers and viral marketing, many do…”


E-Cigarette Liquids Are Deadly For Kids

“The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with e-liquids after alarming information revealed the product is becoming more deadly.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today released data from the Victorian Poisons Information Centre that shows concentrations of nicotine are getting stronger and the number of child poisonings from e-liquids are increasing.

The new video campaign, which highlights the importance of being vigilant when using and storing e-cigarettes around children, comes in response to a recommendation from the Victorian Coroner following the death of an 18-month old baby in 2018.”



New Zealand: Schools, vaping industry want govt regulations as ‘students addicted’

Secondary school principals around the country are increasingly worried by delays to regulate the vaping industry.

“More than 60 health, community and school organisations have written an open letter outlining concerns, saying young people need to be better protected.”



Massachusetts to Ban Menthol Cigarettes as Well as Flavoured Vapes

“Massachusetts has moved a step closer to banning all flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, amid a national push to contend with the risks of vaping.

The State Senate followed the House late Wednesday in passing a sweeping ban, which, if signed into law, would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to bar all flavored vaping and tobacco products. Other states were said to be closely watching the outcome in Massachusetts.”



New research: Smoking prevalence following tobacco tax increases in Australia between 2001 and 2017: an interrupted time-series analysis

“Large tax increases are effective in reducing smoking prevalence, both as a single increase without forewarning and as a pre-announced series of increases. However, taxes on tobacco are best structured to apply equally to factory-made cigarettes and roll-your-own products. Tobacco control policies should prohibit price marketing that otherwise erodes the full impact of such tax increases.”


U.S. Shelves Plan to Sharply Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes

“U.S. regulators are hitting the brakes on plans to force tobacco companies to drastically reduce addictive nicotine in cigarettes, retreating on an ambitious public-health initiative that comes amid increasing worry about nicotine use among young people.

The Department of Health and Human Services has dropped a proposal unveiled two years ago to cut the level of nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels, according to a regulatory document published on Wednesday.”




American Medical Association calls for total ban on all vaping products not approved by FDA

“SAN DIEGO — In the wake of the recent lung illness outbreak linked to more than 2,000 illnesses and over 40 deaths across the country and a spike in youth e-cigarette use, the American Medical Association (AMA) today called for a total ban on all e-cigarette and vaping products that do not meet Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as cessation tools. At the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, physicians, residents, and medical students from across the country voted to adopt policies  on the AMA’s longtime efforts to prevent another generation from becoming dependent on nicotine”


Analysis of Toxic Metals in Liquid from Electronic Cigarettes

“Overall, data show that device components and construction play a large role in metal concentrations in ENDS liquids. Elevated levels of some metals in liquids from older devices included in our study may be due to different designs or extended contact between the liquid and metal components. In addition, constituent levels may change over time as substances in the liquid are oxidized and as internal device components in contact with the liquid degrade. The constant design changes in these devices make it difficult to predict metal concentrations in emerging products, even from the same brand. ENDS should continue to be monitored throughout varying years and lots as device and liquid changes can affect toxic metal levels. The metal concentrations in the liquids can be helpful in predicting inhalation exposures from the aerosols to ENDS users. Improvements to device designs could reduce exposure to these metals.”


Philip Morris continues to target women around the globe

“This one’s easy. Young women are a top target for tobacco companies, helping them to make huge profits from selling and promoting lethal products globally,” said @DrOliviaDoll1


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

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




Tobacco Control News

Oncologist Dr Bronwyn King named Melburnian of the Year – The Age

E Cigarette Manufacturer Juul Worked Closely to Challenge India’s Ban – The Wire

Michael Bloomberg makes it official: ‘I’m running for president’ – Marketwatch

Children buying alcohol and cigarettes online without ID checks – The Sydney Morning Herald

Loophole lets Juul advertise to children at the cinema – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Why ‘vaping voters’ rattled Trump’s White House – Politico

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