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ACOSH Advocacy in Action - August

Welcome to the first edition of the ACOSH Advocacy in Action e-bulletin. 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.

Tobacco Products Control Act 2006

On the release of our first edition of ACOSH’s Advocacy in Action e-bulletin, amendments to the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 have been returned to the Legislative Assembly from the Legislative Council.

The new Bill aims to tighten restrictions on the sale of tobacco, with an emphasis on protecting children. If passed, WA will become the first State in Australia to make it illegal for employees under the age of 18 to sell tobacco products in retail outlets.

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CSIRO Report: E-cigarettes, smoking and health

CSIRO have published a literature review on the use and health impacts of e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers.

Key findings include: 

• The evidence available suggests that regular use of e-cigarettes is likely to have adverse health consequences.

•​ There is a lack of clarity about the magnitude of adverse health effects and quantity of e-cigarette use required to trigger adverse health effects.

• The evidence is consistent in suggesting that use of e-cigarettes by non-smoking youth predicts future smoking.

• While many smokers and former smokers state a preference for e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation method, the effectiveness of this method compared with other smoking cessation methods is not known.

• Based on the current evidence it is not possible to determine whether e-cigarettes have a positive or a negative effect on health in countries where they are permitted.

• When e-cigarettes are used by smokers instead of conventional cigarettes there is evidence for improvement in individual health, probably mainly due to the reduction in smoking.

• However, ‘dual use’ (using both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes) is popular.

• On present evidence, it is not possible to determine whether less restrictive access to e-cigarettes would reduce rates of smoking in Australia.

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E-Cigs Addicting The Masses: ‘We Are Experimenting On Teenagers’ Lungs,’ Warns Stanford Professor

Forbes magazine recently published a disturbing article on the use of JUUL e-cigarettes by teenagers and young people in America.

Professor Robert K. Jackler of the Stanford University School of Medicine says, “the company has behaved according to the traditional strategies of the tobacco industry in targeting youth while claiming that their product was meant only for adult smokers.”

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Guide for Smoke Free Strata Housing in Western Australia

The Guide for Smoke Free Strata Housing in Western Australia, developed by ACOSH and Cancer Council WA, is now published on the ACOSH website.

The guide includes examples of model by-laws and case studies to assist community members and strata managers to make their strata housing smoke free.

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Optus Stadium smoke-free zones

ACOSH is seeking a meeting with the Director General, Department of Transport, regarding designating Matagarup Bridge at Optus Stadium a smoke-free zone.

This bridge, which approaches either side of the Swan River, will be used by thousands of people creating a crowded outdoor area; if smoking is permitted, many people including children will be exposed to dangerous levels of secondhand smoke.

ACOSH will also meet with VENUESL!VE, who manage Optus Stadium, and offer support for better enforcement, permanent signage and expansion of smoke-free zones.

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Stop the Press: Pro-inflammatory effects of e-cigarette vapour condensate on human alveolar macrophages Thorax 13 August 2018.

“This study provides further evidence that challenges the view that vaping presents only minimal risks,” said Professor Jonathan Grigg, a paediatric respiratory expert at Queen Mary University of London who was not involved in the research. “The argument that, since vaping is better than smoking cigarettes any effects of vape on lung cells are not important – is increasingly becoming a specious one.”

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