ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 21 February

Welcome to the third 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.

Smoking and Secondary Students in Australia 2017

The 2017 Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug Survey (ASSAD) report was released last week. Key findings include:

• In 2017, 82% of all secondary students (12 to 17 years old) in Australia had never smoked.

• 5% of all secondary students had smoked in the past week.

• Overall, around 2% of all students had smoked
more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.

Concerningly, the survey’s results also contribute to growing evidence of e-cigarette use as a gateway to traditional cigarettes for young people:

• 48% of students who had vaped reported they had never smoked a tobacco cigarette before their first vape.

• Around 25% of these students who had vaped before ever smoking, reported later trying tobacco cigarettes.

“Our findings suggest that students who experiment with e-cigarettes are more likely to later try tobacco cigarettes than those who have never vaped.”



We ignored the evidence linking cigarettes to cancer. Let’s not do that with vaping

“Today, it seems so obvious. Cigarettes and tobacco cause lung cancer. It is remarkable however, that this relationship wasn’t always so clearly defined. In fact, during the initial rise in individual cigarette use, the possibility that they contributed to lung cancer was laughable to some, derided by others.”

Brendon Stiles and Steve Alperin, The Guardian




Big tobacco quietly races back into Grand Prix sponsorship deals

“A second tobacco giant has announced a Formula 1 sponsorship deal before the Melbourne Grand Prix, sparking fears big cigarette companies are teaming up with racing to flout advertising bans at motorsports events.

“BAT [British American Tobacco] will use McLaren’s F1 cars to advertise its “A Better Tomorrow” initiative, which will promote “less risky” tobacco and nicotine products.

“It follows revelations in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald last week that Australian authorities were investigating whether a new deal between tobacco giant Philip Morris International and Ferrari could be in breach of tobacco advertising bans by promoting Philip Morris products.

Philip Morris said, “Mission Winnow does not advertise or promote our company’s products or product brands. Rather, it is designed to talk about our commitment to improving ourselves in everything we do”

The Sydney Morning Herald




Tasmanian-led study suggests e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn products are as equally toxic to lungs

“Published in the European Respiratory Journal of Open Research, the study is the first of its kind to directly compare heat-not-burn products with e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco cigarettes.

“Our results suggest that all three are toxic to the cells of our lungs and that these new heated tobacco devices are as harmful as smoking traditional cigarettes,” said lead researcher Dr Sukhwinder Sohal.

Related media
Up In Smoke: New Research Says E-Cigarettes Still Damage Lungs – Unreserved Media



“If we stopped selling cigarettes tomorrow, someone else would take our place”.

“Last month a PMI tweet stated “If we stopped selling cigarettes tomorrow, someone else would take our place”.

“This was clearly a response to what any review of how its “we’ve changed” message is traveling would have undoubtedly identified as its most hobbling Achilles’ heels: its long-standing track record in both attacking tobacco control policies that threaten to actually reduce smoking (high cigarette tax, plain packs, graphic health warnings, smoking restrictions), and its on-going aggressive global marketing and promotion of its cigarettes.” – Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman AO



Juul may have pushed rival e-cigarette brands to compete in a ‘nicotine arms race,’ study says

“According to a new study, Juul’s entrance into the e-cigarette marketplace in June 2015 caused other e-cigarette brands to increase their nicotine content to match or surpass Juul’s 59 mg/mL (5.9%) levels.

“Following Juul’s lead, many purveyors of nicotine salt-based e-liquids offer nicotine concentrations at the 5%, 6%, and even 7% [per volume] level,” Dr. Robert Jackler, lead author of the study and a professor of head and neck surgery at Stanford University, wrote.

“Jackler’s research team has been following the vaping industry for almost a decade and believes that “simply put, Juul transformed the market by more than doubling the nicotine concentration in the e-liquid consumer markets.

“Experts estimate that a 5% e-cigarette pod can deliver the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.”

Business Insider Australia




Cigarette filters are the No.1 plastic pollutant … and don’t prevent cancer

“Plastic straws and bags have received widespread attention as pollutants. But another, even bigger, plastic problem has been slipping under the radar — cigarette filters.

Cigarette butts containing plastic filters are the most littered item in the world.

“Many smokers assume the filters are made of a biodegradable material,” says Elizabeth Smith, who works on tobacco control policy at the University of California San Francisco.

In fact, filters are made of cellulose acetate — a type of plastic that can take up to a decade to decompose.” – CNN



From the Archives

“In the 1970s in Australia, tobacco and other advertising was everywhere – indoor, outdoor, in cinemas and on television. Tobacco was also the most advertised product in the world, except for perhaps all food counted together. Food stores were identified by their complete coverage by tobacco ads.

BUGA-UP was created in 1979 by 3 people: Bill Snow, Ric Bolzan and Geoff Coleman. They all objected strongly to the hypocrisy of government, the advertising industry and legal drug pushers (tobacco & alcohol) in advertising products that were health hazards. They had been attacking billboards with graffiti and paint bombs for more than a year but felt that a more coordinated campaign was required. The aim was to ‘reface’ billboards to provide a truer message than the ones that were being promoted.”



Tobacco Control News

Singapore to introduce plain packaging, larger graphic warnings for all tobacco products – Channel NewsAsia

Retailers fear e-cigarette clampdown could leave businesses up in smoke – ABC News

Why vaping is so dangerous for teens – ABC 10 News San Diego

The evidence that e-cigs attract low risk kids, many of whom progress to cigarettes, just keeps piling up – Center for Tobacco Research Control & Education

Smoking in pregnancy: Stigma ’causes women to do it in private’ – BBC News

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