ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 11 July

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.

ACOSH calls for the reintroduction of major national TV-led public education campaign

“A landmark health study published today has graphically demonstrated the need for the Federal Government to reignite Australia’s National Tobacco Campaign, a key missing ingredient to reduce smoking since 2013.

The study by Banks et al and published in BMC Medicine followed more than 180,000 Australians aged over 45 from 2006 to 2015 and examined 36 different types of cardiovascular disease. It linked information from hospitalisation and deaths among current, past and never smokers.

“Even ‘light smoking’, 4-6 cigarettes a day, can dramatically increase your risk of dying from diseases of the heart and blood vessels,” said Maurice Swanson, Chief Executive, Australian Council on Smoking and Health.

“One of the new findings from this study is that as well as being a major cause of premature death, smoking causes a large number of non-fatal diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

“Around 36% of cardiovascular deaths prior to age 65, and 15% of all cardiovascular deaths in Australia (around 6400 deaths annually) – a country with a relatively low prevalence of current smoking – can be attributed to smoking.”


Smoking at record low in Australia, but the grim harvest of preventable heart disease continues

“Smoking rates in Australia are at an all-time low. And yet, nearly 11,500 people are hospitalised from smoking-related cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease each year, while almost 6,500 die as a result.

And it’s not just older people dying from their addiction. More than one-third of deaths from cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack or stroke, in people under the age of 65 in Australia can be attributed to smoking,” said Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman AO.



Juul lured a new generation of kids into nicotine addiction

“Juul enticed kids with sweet flavors like mango, crème and mint, then hooked them with a strong nicotine hit. Last year, teen e-cigarette use spiked 78%. It’s an epidemic.

Now, Juul and their partner, Altria, are posing as the ‘good guys’ for Congress and the public. Don’t be fooled: Juul created this epidemic, and they continue to reap the benefits.




Triggering change through the decades

“Since the early 1980s, the prevalence of daily smoking among adults has been reduced from one in three to one in 10 adults. And the prevalence of regular smoking among 12 to 17-yearolds has been reduced from around 20 per cent in 1984 to less than five per cent in 2017. The prevalence of smoking remains high among some high-risk groups including prisoners and those who suffer from mental illness but encouragingly, is falling among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“More than 30 years after Our State of Health, WA’s recent Sustainable Health Review recommends a new benchmark minimum investment of 5 per cent of the State’s health budget be dedicated to prevention. Just imagine what further progress might be achieved if these additional resources were directed at current priorities for prevention such as tobacco, obesity, and the abuse of alcohol and the health of Aboriginal people and other disadvantaged groups,” said Maurice Swanson, Chief Executive, ACOSH.



New Curtin University research – E-cigarette use is associated with susceptibility to tobacco use among Australian young adults

“E-cigarette use, even just one or two puffs, has the potential to increase susceptibility to tobacco cigarette use among Australian young adults. Findings suggest that increasing the availability of e-cigarettes by relaxing current strict regulations surrounding their sale may have unintended consequences.”


Philip Morris takes aim at young people in India, and health officials are fuming

The tobacco giant is pushing Marlboros in colorful ads at kiosks and handing out free smokes at parties frequented by young adults – tactics that break India’s anti-smoking laws, government officials say. Internal documents uncovered by Reuters illuminate the strategy.


Tanzania inaugurates US$30 million Philip Morris cigarette factory

Tanzanian President John Magufuli inaugurated a 30-million-U.S. dollar cigarette factory owned by Philip Morris Tanzania Limited, an affiliate of Philip Morris International, the world’s leading tobacco company.

“At the same time Philip Morris International is promoting its ‘Unsmoke’ campaign in an effort to convince the world they are not interested in promoting their Marlboro cigarettes to new customers,” said Maurice Swanson, Chief Executive, ACOSH.



How US FDA is Regulating E-Cigarettes

“What is clear is the explosion of use and nicotine addiction in children driven by the advent of ENDS, especially the pod-based products such as JUUL. After years of witnessing a steady decline in the use of tobacco products by children and young adults, we are now seeing a rapid resurgence of the use of tobacco products in these populations.

There are many unanswered questions about ENDS: we do not yet know how dangerous these products are when used over the long-term; we do not know if they are truly effective at helping addicted adults quit smoking traditional cigarettes, or even if some types of ENDS are less harmful than traditional cigarettes; we do not know to what extent they can serve as a “gateway” to the use of combustible cigarettes.

Clearly, some of the rapid rise in youth use of these products has resulted from irresponsible practices of the manufacturers, who have targeted kids in their marketing of these products. And while ENDS products appear to hold some promise in helping addicted adult smokers transition away from combustible tobacco to a potentially less harmful form of nicotine delivery, these products are not safe, and we cannot allow the next generation of young people to become addicted to nicotine.”



From the Archives – 1988 Philip Morris sales conference “Challenge of Change” Corporate Affairs Director John Dollisson



Tobacco Control News

Few adults start using JUUL to quit smoking, new study finds – Truth Initiative

Netflix to stub out most smoking, tobacco use in future original series – CNET

Fine, jail for offenders who do not sell tobacco products in standardised packaging from July 2020 – (Singapore) Channel News Asia

Cancer Council call on City of Busselton to ban smoking on the foreshore – Busselton Mail

UK ministers plan to wipe out smoking by 2030, paper reveals – Times & Star

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