ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 30 August


Welcome to the second 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 retailer compliance in Western Australia

Key findings of the Tobacco compliance survey 2017 include:

• Approximately 10 per cent of purchase attempts resulted in the sale of cigarettes to a child, compared to 16 per cent in 2015.

• Sales staff estimated to be younger than 20 years of age were twice as likely to sell to children, as was previously reported in 2011 and 2013.

• Sales of cigarettes to children were also generally higher when controlled purchase officers were not asked for their age or ID

• There were no significant differences in the level of compliance between different types of outlets



National Tobacco Strategy 2019 – 2028

ACOSH has contributed to the Cancer Council Australia and Heart Foundation submission for the next National Tobacco Strategy. Here are the key priorities:

1. Protect public health from tobacco industry and other commercial interference

2. Increase the investment in TV-led public education campaigns to evidence-based levels to maximise their effectiveness in driving down the prevalence of tobacco use

3. Ensure that evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment is offered to every tobacco user in every interaction with the health, mental health and alcohol and drug dependence treatment systems.

4. Ensure long-term funding and support for programs and partnerships that reduce tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

5. Boost and build on efforts to reduce tobacco use among populations with a high prevalence of tobacco use and/or at higher risk of tobacco related harms

6. Further reduce the affordability of tobacco products

7. Eliminate remaining advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products

8. Regulate the design, contents, labelling and disclosure requirements for tobacco products to minimise appeal and correct misperceptions about harmfulness

9. Regulate retail supply of tobacco products to eliminate the sale of illicit tobacco, control availability and to enforce all tobacco-related legislation

10. Ensure all exceptions to smoke-free workplaces and public places are eliminated and provide for smoke-free living spaces

11. Regulate new, novel and/or emerging tobacco products and alternative nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems including e- cigarettes

Daily use of e-cigarettes doubles the risk of heart attack

A new major American study of nearly 70,000 people has found that daily use of e-cigarettes doubles the risk of heart attack.

The study conducted by researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) also found the combined use of e-cigarettes with conventional cigarettes is more dangerous than using either product alone, increasing the risk of heart attack five-fold.



The Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge

The Tobacco-Free Finance pledge, an initiative led by Dr Bronwyn King, 2017 Bob Elphick award recipient, seeks to address the financing of tobacco companies – across lending, insurance and investment – as it is essential to comprehensive global tobacco control efforts.

We warmly invite you to review The Pledge and to consider becoming Founding Signatories (for financial organisations) or Founding Supporters (for all other organisations).



E-cigarettes – is the UK throwing caution to the wind?

Lancet editorial questions a recent review of the evidence on e-cigarettes conducted by the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.


Tobacco Control News

Anti-tobacco lobby group’s independence in question – The Sydney Morning Herald

Did Juul Lure Teenagers and Get ‘Customers for Life?‘ – The New York Times

Big Tobacco’s Global Reach on Social Media  – The New York Times

A pragmatic trial of e-cigarettes, incentives and drugs for smoking cessation – The New England Journal of Medicine

WA inquiry to probe ‘nanny state’ laws –