ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 6 February


Welcome to the third 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.


RACGP Supporting smoking cessation: A guide for health professionals

“The new evidence-based guidelines, “Supporting smoking cessation: A guide for health professionals (Second Edition)” are based on the latest evidence and provide guidance to clinicians to ensure smokers get the best possible advice and support to quit successfully.

“Within the new guide is a recommendation that doctors adopt a three step model developed by Quit Victoria, which focuses on 1) asking and recording an individual’s smoking status, 2) advising people who do smoke to quit and the best ways to do so – and 3) offering them practical help to quit by referring to Quitline and including encouraging the use of pharmacotherapy.”

Read more
Leading health groups welcome new recommendations for embedding smoking cessation in healthcare – Quit Victoria and Cancer Council Australia

A bold plan to help more Australians to quit smoking – RACGP Media Release



The RACGP does not endorse vaping

“Important clarification. The @RACGP does not endorse vaping. Our guide’s conditional recommendation (link below) notes that it’s only a reasonable intervention in very limited circumstances & that the long-term health effects are unknown #FactCheck” said RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon. (via Twitter @RACGPPresident)


US Surgeon General Releases First Report Focused on Smoking Cessation in 30 Years

“Three decades after the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking cessation, today [23 Jan], the Surgeon General is releasing a new report that reviews and updates evidence on the importance of quitting smoking. The report finds that more than two-thirds of U.S. adult cigarette smokers report interest in quitting cigarette smoking; and the majority of adult cigarette smokers in the United States have tried to quit during the past year.

In addition to discussing the immediate and long-term health and economic benefits of smoking cessation at the individual and societal levels, this report presents updated findings on nicotine addiction and genetic factors that may impact smoking behaviors. Finally, the report discusses the wide variety of clinical and population-based interventions that have been scientifically shown to effectively increase smoking cessation.

E-cigarettes, a continually changing and diverse group of products, are used in a variety of ways. Therefore, it is difficult to make generalizations about efficacy for cessation based on clinical trials involving a particular e-cigarette. There is presently inadequate evidence to conclude that e-cigarettes, in general, increase smoking cessation.”



Tasmanian grandmother’s ‘smoking vs eating’ challenge highlights the cost of cigarettes

“A Tasmanian grandmother has come up with an eye-opening challenge to help warn her grandchildren of the cost of smoking – and not just in health terms.

Judy Kerrison, from Launceston, took to Facebook on Australia Day to explain her ‘Smoking vs Eating’ challenge.

“Grandchild commented on how much cigarettes are, after watching someone purchase them,” she said.

“So we made a challenge … smoking v eating challenge.

“Grandkids and I tried to purchase the most value for money ‘basic’ food items, and the most popular cigarette brand.

“They were surprised at the amount of food you can buy for the same monetary value.”

The grandmother bought a popular brand of cigarettes, which cost $56.95 for a packet of 40.”



Who Thought Sucking on a Battery Was a Good Idea? Vaping is a health crisis that’s only just begun.

“Officials are even more worried about a quieter, larger vaping epidemic: More than a million teenagers, many of whom might never have picked up a standard cigarette, are now addicted to nicotine and regularly sucking on the end of a battery — the long-term safety of which remains almost a total mystery. It took decades of research to prove the devastating health effects of cigarette smoking, which kills nearly half a million people each year. Widespread vaping is just a few years old and has already produced one public-health panic. It may not be the last. “The population effects of e-cigarette use may not be apparent until the middle of this century,” one group of researchers recently warned. And CDC scientist Brian A. King admits, “We’re certainly in the midst of a broad, population-based experiment, if you will, in terms of the long-term health effects of these products.” That’s science speak for We have no idea what’s going to happen.”


Big Tobacco wants social media influencers to promote its products – can the platforms stop it?

“Big Tobacco likes to stay ahead of the curve – it has to in order to survive. Its fundamental problem is that one in two of its long-term users die from tobacco-related diseases. To hook a new generation into addiction, it has to try every advertising and marketing trick in its playbook.

And it has to be innovative. As one ex-marketing consultant remarked: “The problem is how do you sell death?” He said the industry did it with great open spaces, such as mountains and lakes. They did it with healthy young people and iconic images. So the Marlboro Man became a symbol of masculinity and, for women, the industry promoted smoking as a “torch of freedom”.”



Revealed: the free-market groups helping the tobacco industry

“Free-market thinktanks around the world provide a powerful voice of support to cigarette manufacturers in battles against tougher regulations, a Guardian investigation shows.

The tobacco industry has long been treated as a pariah by many governments and officials because its products kill more than 7 million people per year.

But the industry has found support from free-market thinktanks, including from some of the most prestigious.

At least 106 thinktanks in two dozen countries have accepted donations from tobacco companies, argued against tobacco control policies called for by the World Health Organization (WHO), or both, according to a detailed Guardian analysis published today [23 Jan].”



Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health on Nicotine Vaping in Canada

“The overarching objectives of these recommendations are to protect young people from inducements to use vaping devices by regulating such devices as equivalent to tobacco products, and to encourage smokers who use vaping devices to use them solely to end or reduce their use of all nicotine-containing products.”




Exposure to Secondhand Aerosol From Electronic Cigarettes Among US Youth From 2015 to 2018

“This study found a surge in self reported SHA [secondhand aerosol] exposure from 2017 to 2018 among US middle and high school student, with an estimate of nearly 1 in 3 US youths exposed to SHA. The surge is in sharp contrast to a stable trent of SHA from 2015 to 2017. Nineteen states and hundreds of localities have taken actions to restrict e-cigarette use in 100% smoke-free venues. However, most youths are not covered by vape-free laws, which could enlarge tobacco related disparities.

This study reports a strong association of SHA exposure with susceptability to e-cigarettes and a moderate association of SHA exposure with susceptibility to smoking among never tobacco users. Exposure to SHA may renormalize tobacco use behaviours and reduce the perceived harm, resulting in increase susceptibility to tobacco use. This study also reports that students with SHA exposure had elevated perceived pervasiveness of e-cigarette advertising.”



SEATCA and University of Bath’s open letter to PMI-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

“The Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) and Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) have written in response to the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s (FSFW) assertion that the Phillip Morris International-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World ‘shares common goals with organisations such as Tobacco Tactics and the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance’.”

The letter asks for Dr Yach to cease and desist from associating Tobacco Control Research Group and the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance with the FSFW.



It’s about a billion lives Symposium 2020 – University of California San Francisco

“Why does #BigTobacco so fear regulatory oversight of its products? A must-watch lecture by Prof Dorie Apollonio on the history of how tobacco found itself in its regulatory no-mans-land & how this is playing out today (starts at 1hr16m23s),” said Professor Simon Chapman AO

(via Twitter @SimonChapman6)



Tobacco Control Tweet of the Week

Philip Morris International continues with its charm offensive!


From the archives – “Give It Away for a Day” November 1982

The WA Heart Foundation’s ‘Smoke Free Day’, implemented on 10 November 1982, was the forerunner to WA’s Quit Campaign conducted from 1983 by the Health Department’s Smoking and Health Project Team.




Tobacco Control News

What bans? Big Tobacco is still hot on social media – The Independent

Pregnant women using anti-smoking aids not at higher risk, study says – The Sydney Morning Herald

Close to $40K up in smoke after smuggling attempt thwarted at Perth Airport – WA Today

Cigarettes Produce Invisible Chemical Emissions Even After They’ve Been Extinguished – Science Alert

Teens breathe less secondhand smoke after car smoking ban – Reuters

Impact of smoke-free legislation on acute myocardial infarction and stroke mortality: Tianjin, China, 2007–2015 – Tobacco Control

Lung cancer: quitting smoking regrows protective lung cells – new research – The Conversation UK

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