ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 24 January

Welcome to the second 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.

Tackling smoking in pregnant Indigenous women

“We need to lift our game as health providers and do more to help pregnant Indigenous women quit smoking through evidence-based care,” said Associate Professor Gillian Gould.

“This article draws attention to remediable areas and makes suggestions for improvements, positing that targeting smoking during pregnancy can help the government’s aim to close the Indigenous health gap.”



Nicotine and other nasties found in ‘nicotine-free’ e-cigarette liquids

“Six out of ten ‘nicotine-free’ e-cigarette liquids analysed by Telethon Kids Institute researchers contained nicotine as well as an acutely toxic chemical typically found in pesticides and disinfectants, according to research published today in the Medical Journal of Australia (see report).” – Telethon Kids Institute

This study underlines the importance of e-cigarettes and related products being submitted to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for assessment of their safety and effectiveness as aids to smoking cessation.

The TGA published the media statement ‘A warning to consumers about the serious health risks relating to e-cigarette liquid.’



Why tobacco control is the deserved poster child of prevention in Australia according to Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman AO

“Smoking-attributable deaths in middle-age halved twice from 1970 (16% to 8% and then 8% to below 3%), faster than declines in overall mortality. via @countthedead.

The first halving took about 25 years (1970 to 1995), and the second halving took about 10 (1995-2005).” via @SimonChapman6



US FDA explores ways to get kids who are hooked on nicotine to quit vaping as teen e-cigarette ‘epidemic’ grinds on

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exploring ways to help wean teenagers off nicotine as huge numbers of middle and high school students use Juul and other e-cigarettes.

The uptick in vape usage has undercut and even eclipsed progress in reducing cigarette smoking, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says.



Revealed: the free-market groups helping the tobacco industry

“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.” – The Guardian

“There is no reason to believe that they are not undertaking similar activities in Australia,” said Maurice Swanson, Executive Director, ACOSH.



Support for e-cigarette regulations among Australian young adults
The young Australian adults surveyed in Western Australia were somewhat supportive of restrictions around the sale and use of e-cigarettes, but generally opposed outright bans and any need for a prescription from a medical practitioner. Increasing awareness of the harms associated with the use of e-cigarettes represents a potential strategy to gaining regulatory support. – BMC Public Health


The Tobacco Control Vaccine: a population-based framework for preventing tobacco-related disease and death

“Given the critical importance and past impact of population-based prevention interventions in combating the tobacco epidemic, we describe a population-based model for reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure using the public health principles of vaccination.” – Brian King & Corinne Graffunder

Crucial ingredients of ‘the vaccine’: 
– Tobacco price increases
– Smoke free policies
– Hard hitting TV-led public education campaigns
– Population-level support for smoking cessation



From the Archives

In 1980s, the Movement Opposed to the Promotion of Unhealthy Products (MOP UP) & Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealthy Promotions (BUGA UP) led protests against the sponorship of the Australian Tennis Open by Philip Morris’ Marlboro cigarette brand.

With the passage on 17 December 1992 of the Australian Government’s Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 most forms of tobacco sponsorship were phased out by December 1995, with cricket sponsorship concluding on 30 April 1996.

Several events sponsored by the tobacco industry continued after 2000 because they were granted exemptions, however these ended by 2006.





Tobacco Control News

Firefighters called to two ‘freak’ accidents caused by cigarettes in 12-hour period – ABC News

Lung cancer campaign calls for more compassion, understanding to reduce smoking stigma – ABC News

E-cigarettes Are Being Marketed as “Vitamin Delivery” Devices – American Journal of Public Health

Australian doctor leading global campaign against big tobacco – ABC 7.30 Report

The time before cigarettes were bad for your health –

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