ACOSH Advocacy in Action - 16 May

Welcome to the eighth 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.

Impact of nations meeting the MPOWER targets between 2014 and 2016: an update

“In response to the growing number of smoking-attributable deaths (SADs), the WHO launched the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005. To assist nations with implementing FCTC legal obligations, WHO introduced the MPOWER package of evidence-based FCTC tobacco control measures in 2008, including:
Monitoring tobacco use and tobacco control policies;
Protecting from the dangers of tobacco smoke;
Offering help to quit tobacco;
Warning the public about the dangers;
Enforcing bans on advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and
Raising tobacco taxes.The package also specifies the level of policy implementation considered highest.

In total, 43 nations adopted at least one highest-level MPOWER policy between 2014 and 2016, resulting in 14.6 million fewer SADs. The largest number of SADs averted were due to stronger health warnings (13.3 million), followed by raising taxes (0.6 million), increased marketing bans (0.4 million), smoke-free air laws (0.3 million) and cessation interventions (2500).”


US F.D.A. permits the Sale of IQOS, a New Tobacco Device

The US Food and Drug Administration on 30 April 2019 authorized the marketing of new tobacco products manufactured by Philip Morris Products S.A. including the IQOS device, Marlboro Heatsticks, Marlboro Smooth Menthol Heatsticks and Marlboro Fresh Menthol Heatsticks.

While the action permits the tobacco products to be sold in the U.S., it does not mean these products are safe or “FDA approved.” The FDA advises that all tobacco products are potentially harmful and addictive and those who do not use tobacco products should continue not to.

NOTE: the action is not a decision on the separate modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) applications that the company also submitted for these products to market them with claims of reduced exposure or reduced risk – this will be subject to a separate decision.


Philip Morris suspends social media campaign after using young ‘influencers’ to sell new tobacco device

“The cigarette maker suspended a global marketing campaign in response to inquiries into the company’s use of young influencers to sell its new “heated tobacco” device.

The company said it launched an internal investigation into marketing posts and photographs, including a paid post plugging the tobacco product by 21-year-old social media influencer Alina Tapilina.”


Tobacco firms accused of using Formula One to flout ads ban on e-cigarettes

“Britain’s biggest tobacco firm and one of its major rivals are under fire for signing multimillion-pound sponsorship deals with Formula One teams that health campaigners claim are being used to promote their next generation of products – such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco – which they are banned from advertising.”

New support will help pregnant Indigenous women quit smoking

“Health professionals and organisations will receive additional training and resources to help support Indigenous women quit smoking during pregnancy under a new multi-million dollar initiative being funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Led by renowned smoking cessation expert, Associate Professor Gillian Gould, the initiative will enable health practitioners who treat a pregnant woman in any medical capacity to complete an online training module and access a range of tailored treatment materials.

On April 4, 2019 the Department of Health awarded $3,891,801 to the initiative, from the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program. The national development of iSISTAQUIT will commence in the next few months from a newly-established centre in Coffs Harbour.”


Australia invests less than 2% of $170B health spend on prevention.

“Australia invests less than 2% of $170B health spend on prevention.

#Health prevention saves lives. It can save money.

Watch our new interactive graphic to see where Australia sits with comparable nations.” – Public Health Association Australia @_PHAA_


Novel initiative tests quit smoking advice inserts inside cigarette packs

“A new study has found that Australian smokers would welcome a novel intervention that would put inserts containing tips and advice on how to quit smoking into their cigarette packets.

The study, by Cancer Council Victoria, is being presented today at the Behavioural Research in Cancer Control conference in Perth.

Researchers conducted focus groups to examine responses to a series of inserts in cigarette packets designed to help smokers quit. It follows a similar initiative in Canada where inserts were first implemented in 2000 and redesigned to include images as well as text in 2012. In Canada, research found that smokers who frequently looked at the inserts were more likely to try quitting and to stay off cigarettes for at least 30 days.”


Philip Morris mailout to politicians and leading public health academics filed under WPB

From the Archives – Wall to Wall Tobacco Advertising prior to 1990

The Tobacco Adverting Prohibition Act 1990 (WA) changed the advertising landscape in WA, prohibiting these types of outdoor tobacco advertisements.

Tobacco Control News

‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion – The New York Times

Fiters and other dirty tricks – Make Smoking History

Canada’s plain-packaging rules for tobacco products the toughest in the world, health experts say – The Globe and Mail

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