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ACOSH celebrates champions in tobacco control at end-of-year breakfast

ACOSH celebrated 2022’s champions in tobacco control by hosting a breakfast event for leaders and allies in tobacco control, with a special guest presentation from Hon Simon Millman, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health; Mental Health.

The breakfast brought together stakeholders, organisations, and partners who have worked tirelessly in 2022 towards an ongoing effort to make WA tobacco-free by 2030.

ACOSH were fortunate to have Hon Simon Millman present at the event, re-affirming the Government’s ongoing commitment to tobacco control in Western Australia and action against the growing epidemic of young people using e-cigarettes.

“As part of our commitment, we see implementation of further tobacco law reforms to strengthen laws and policy relating to the sale, supply and marketing of tobacco products and exposure to second-hand smoke as a priority to protect children from access to tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.” Millman said at the event.

“The Department of Health will release its new Health Promotion Strategic Framework early in the new year. The framework highlights the importance of reducing tobacco use, particularly in populations at greater risk of harm.”

“The WA Government also looks forward to supporting the release of the next and long-awaited National Tobacco Strategy by the Australian Government.”

“There is more work to be done and we look forward to working with organisations such as ACOSH and others in this room towards a healthier future.”

The event ran in place of the Bob Elphick Award event ACOSH usually hosts each year but did not this year as the award was instead presented at the Cancer Council Towards Tobacco Free by 2030 symposium on 11 October.

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The Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) is an independent, non-government, not for profit coalition established in 1971, and represents a further 35 prominent health and community organisations with a shared concern about smoking and its harmful consequences.

ACOSH has been a leading advocate for all the regulatory and legislative changes to reduce the impact of smoking on the Australian community, and is supported by the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation – Healthway.