ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 5 March

Welcome to the latest edition of the ACOSH Advocacy in Action e-bulletin for 2020. 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.

Government launches border crackdown on illegal vaping imports

“A crackdown is coming on Australians who illegally import nicotine vaping products online, in a move set to reignite debate over whether e-cigarettes are helpful for smokers who need help to quit.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age can reveal federal health minister Greg Hunt has directed the Therapeutic Goods Administration to work with the Department of Home Affairs to consider a new approach to policing and regulating e-cigarettes.”



Editorial: Anniversaries and action

“2020 marks three important anniversaries for tobacco control.

On May 27, 1950, JAMA published a paper by Ernst Wynder and Evarts Graham entitled “Tobacco smoking as a possible etiologic factor in bronchiogenic carcinoma – a Study of Six Hundred and Eighty-Four Proved Cases”.

On September 30, 1950, the British Medical Journal published a paper by Richard Doll and Austin Bradford Hill entitled “Smoking and carcinoma of the lung”.

On May 19, 1970 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution recognising the magnitude and preventability of the problem.”

“… Seventy years after those historic early papers, and fifty years on from a global determination to act, we should celebrate the early authors and recognise the successes – but also despair that this entirely preventable holocaust is still with us.

“… Is it too much to hope that by 2030 there will be measures in place to ensure the end of the uniquely lethal industry it created?” asks Emeritus Professor Mike Daube AO.



Addiction at Any Cost: The Truth About Philip Morris International

“Philip Morris International (PMI) has spent millions of dollars telling the public that it wants to achieve a “smoke-free world”. STOP researchers analysed that claim and asked two questions:

1) Do PMI’s actions match its rhetoric?

2) Should we trust PMI to reduce harm from the tobacco epidemic it has caused?

Through our extensive research of publicly available information, industry analyst data and company documents, we conclude that PMI is addicting people to its IQOS product because its cigarette business is under threat. The company’s survival depends on hooking a new generation of users, including youth, on its products.

Money is the ONLY motive, not health.



‘A desperate act’: Imperial Tobacco Canada under fire for ‘misinformation’ ad campaign

“A major Canadian tobacco company has come under fire for a national advertising campaign that appears to downplay the risks of vaping and accuse the media and anti-tobacco groups of intentionally spreading false information.

“Imperial Tobacco Canada, which sells the Vype brand of e-cigarette and is owned by the world’s second largest tobacco company, British American Tobacco, recently launched the campaign in major Canadian newspapers, and on billboards and websites across the country.

“… University of Waterloo professor David Hammond, who researches youth vaping, found the number of Canadians aged 16 to 19 who reported vaping in the preceding 30 days rose from 8.4 per cent in 2017 to 14.6 per cent in 2018.

“… It is deeply ironic that Imperial Tobacco would accuse others of spreading misinformation on the health risks of nicotine products,” Hammond said.

“I suspect that most people will regard this public relations campaign with the same level of credibility as the tobacco industry’s historical claims that nicotine isn’t addictive and smoking did not cause any serious diseases.”



WHO FCTC: 15 years protecting and saving lives

On 27 February 2020, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) reached the milestone of 15 years since it came into force.

A 15-year-old global treaty that protects and saves lives from the harms of tobacco

The aim of the Convention is to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.

For the last 15 years the WHO FCTC has played an important role in curbing the global tobacco epidemic by providing a roadmap for policies and a catalyst for action for stronger tobacco control.

There are 181 Parties to the WHO FCTC covering over 90% of the world’s population.”



It’s not just secondhand smoke that is dangerous. Thirdhand smoke can be, too

“Third-hand smoke – the residue from cigarette fumes that sticks to surfaces and then wafts back into the air – has previously been found indoors in places where smoking is allowed.

“To find out if third-hand smoke also pollutes non-smoking venues, Drew Gentner at Yale University and his colleagues monitored the air quality in a non-smoking cinema in Germany for four days, after first flushing it with clean air. Smoking is banned inside cinemas and other public places in Germany.

“They observed spikes of tobacco chemicals in the air just after audiences arrived, which decreased over time but didn’t go away completely. The polluting substances were probably brought in on the bodies and clothes of people who had recently smoked cigarettes or been near smokers, says Gentner.”



Tweet of the week – Dutch Parliament moves to drastically reduce tobacco sales

“If the bill becomes law, the Netherlands will have among the strongest tobacco retail laws in the world, and certainly the strongest in a high-income country. To date, only Bhutan has banned tobacco sales altogether. Worldwide, there is a growing interest in attacking the supply side of the tobacco epidemic. Two cities in California – Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach – have passed laws phasing out commercial tobacco sales by January 1, 2021, and others seem determined to join them in order to protect the health of their citizens” – ASH Statement


From the archives: Is it time to consider a smoker’s licence?

“Tobacco continues to kill millions of people around the world each year and its use is increasing in some countries, which makes the need for new, creative, and radical efforts to achieve the tobacco control endgame vitally important.”

“… Chapman sets out a case for introducing a smart card license for smokers designed to limit access to tobacco products and encourage cessation. Key elements of the smoker’s license include smokers setting daily limits, financial incentives for permanent license surrender, and a test of health risk knowledge for commencing smokers.”

Chapman S (2012) The Case for a Smoker’s License. PLoS Med 9(11): e1001342.




Tobacco Control News

Foundation for a Smoke Free World is not complementary to public health efforts – it’s undermining them – Blog Tobacco Control

Organised crime licks its lips as tobacco excise set to hit $1 a stick –  The Sydney Morning Herald

Inside the Philip Morris campaign to ‘normalize’ a tobacco device – Reuters

NY advocates urge ban on all flavored tobacco, not just e-cigarettes – Olean Times Herald

Philip Morris drew up plan for £1bn tobacco transition fund – The Guardian

Juul plans age-locked liquid cartridges to placate U.S. regulators – Consumer Affairs

Holy smokes, Buttman! The man on a mission to rid the city of cigarette butts – The Age