ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 10 January


Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first 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.

Bush camps connect old and new for better Indigenous health

“A new health initiative that places culture and traditional knowledge systems at the centre of its program aims to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and ensure they have a strong voice in health and wellbeing services in their own communities.”

Congratulations to the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, Minister for Indigenous Health, for funding this exciting new initiative.

ACOSH will be offering the Follow the Path to a Healthy Body resources for use by the Camping on Country Program.



F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping

The US Food and Drug Administration is accusing Juul and Altria of reneging on promises they made to the government to keep e-cigarettes away from minors.

“Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the agency’s commissioner, is drafting letters to both companies that will criticize them for publicly pledging to remove nicotine flavor pods from store shelves, while secretly negotiating a financial partnership that seems to do the opposite.”



The Use of Excise Taxes to Reduce Tobacco, Alcohol, and Sugary Beverage Consumption

A large and growing body of research documents that taxes specific to such products, known as excise taxes, reduce consumption of these products and thereby diminish their adverse health consequences.

This summary of the evidence from the Annual Review of Public Health reviews the global evidence on the impact of taxes and prices on the consumption of these products and the health and social consequences.



A conflict of interest is strongly associated with tobacco industry-favourable results, indicating no harm of e-cigarettes

 “The odds of finding of no harm were significantly higher in studies with an industry-related COI [conflict of interest] (OR 66.92 (95% CI 8.1-552.9)) than in studies without a COI. A strong/moderate COI was associated with very high odds (OR 91.50 (95% CI 10.9-771.4)) of finding of no harm compared with studies with no/weak COI. This blinded assessment showed that almost all papers without a COI found potentially harmful effects of e-cigarettes. There was a strong association between industry-related COI and tobacco- and e-cigarette industry-favourable results, indicating that e-cigarettes are harmless.”


ACOSH works with local Doctor to defeat proposed cigar lounge in Inglewood

The City of Stirling have invited comment on a change of planning use application to allow for a members-only ‘Cigar Lounge’ in Inglewood.

Resistance to this proposal has been spearheaded Dr Charles Jenkinson, local resident of Inglewood, who lodged a strong objection which was also endorsed by ACOSH and Cancer Council WA.

Dr Jenkinson is currently training to be a cardiothoracic surgeon with ACOSH life member Dr Mark Newman at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

This is the second time in the last several months a cigar lounge has been proposed that ACOSH believes contravenes local planning requirements, runs the risk of renormalising smoking, and will expose individuals to secondhand smoke in an enclosed space.



US Surgeon General: E-cigarette youth use epidemic

“An epidemic in the United States.” They let the genie out of the bottle and they are living to regret that decision. Watch the US Surgeon General express his concerns.


Flavored tobacco use is associated with dual and poly tobacco use among adolescents

“A positive relationship was observed for flavored tobacco use and multiple tobacco product use. Findings suggest the need to consider stronger regulations of flavored tobacco products. Similarly, as most adolescent tobacco users reported using flavors, findings suggest the need to emphasize flavored tobacco use in prevention and education programs.” Lime Flavour capsule embedded in cigarette filter


“Man the lifeboats! Australian smoking has stopped falling” … or has it?

The complete pre-Christmas demolition of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reducation Association (ATHRA) who “often argues that smoking prevalence in Australia is lagging behind the US and the UK.”

“Colin Mendelsohn from ATHRA has been beating the same “the wheels have fallen off falling smoking prevalence” drum since 2017. I criticised his statements at length here in August 2017.

What’s missing in his almost total focus on what’s happening with smoking prevalence, is that while Australia’s current decline in smoking prevalence status compares favourably to the US and UK, our data on youth smoking prevention are quite stunning. Only 1.9% of 15-17 year old Australians smoked in 2017-2018, down from 2.7% in 2014-2015 and 3.8% in 2011-2012. This is a 50% fall in the 7 years 2011-2018, during which time Australia introduced plain packs and a series of annual 12.5% tax increases from 2013-2018,” said Professor Simon Chapman AO.


More tobacco retailers, smoking-related illness in poor neighborhoods

“Much of the variation in smoking rates across American cities can be explained by the higher density of tobacco retailers in poor, nonwhite neighborhoods, a study of the 500 largest U.S. cities suggests.”


Tobacco Control News

World No Tobacco Day 2019 theme announcement ‘Tobacco and Lung Health’ – World Health Organization

Cigarette Sales Ban at Pharmacies to Start in New Year – The Wall Street Journal

Altria-Juul Deal Is Alarming Development for Public Health and Shows Need for Strong FDA Regulation – Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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